Almost 200 participants from 34 countries, 20 development agencies and diverse civil society organisations attended the fifth IHP+ Country Health Teams Meeting, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 2-5 December 2014. 

The objective of the meeting was to agree ways in which IHP+ can accelerate better health results through effective development cooperation. The meeting reviewed progress on commitments to effective development cooperation, drawing on the latest monitoring round commissioned by IHP+.

Participants from different country contexts considered what has been achieved so far and identified the priorities for further progress on the seven behaviours of effective cooperation. The meeting also looked forward to identify the likely evolution of development cooperation post 2015 and the priorities for IHP+ partners and the partnership as a whole. 

Meeting agenda

Key messages from the meeting

Summary of key messages

The results from the 2014 round of IHP+ performance monitoring show that countries continue to make progress on effective cooperation commitments, albeit gradually. On average, the longer a country has been an IHP+ signatory, the better the performance. However, development partners’ use of country financial management systems has declined over the last two years.

The seven behaviours continue to be relevant in a wide variety of situations, including public health emergencies. Approaches need to be adapted to the local environment, for example in fragile states.

Political leadership and action is essential to move this agenda. Since 2012, WHO’s Director General and the World Bank’s President have helped get all major development agencies to agree to a core list of 100 core indicators (down from over 600), in order to streamline global reporting requirements; this is an important step towards easing the reporting burden on countries. Other areas would benefit from similar support.

Priority actions were identified in four areas:

1. Strengthen and use country information and accountability platforms.

2. Strengthen and use country financing and financial management systems. 

3. Enhance the value of technical assistance including south-south cooperation. 

4. Increase mutual accountability for the seven effective cooperation behaviours. 

All IHP+ partners have a role to play in moving forward in these areas. Governments need to identify priorities and develop plans (with partners) for strengthening systems. Development partners need to assess and support these plans in a coordinated way, and be clear about what support they will provide. Civil society has a critical role in holding partners to account.

Day one presentations

Meeting agenda

Session 1: Setting the scene. Summary of IHP+ key developments over the past two years.

Sessoion 2: Progress on effective cooperation: the latest results of IHP+ monitoring
                   Methodology on IHP+ monitoring

Session 3: Information and accountability platforms: achievements, challenges, and priorities post 2015.

Outcome statement of the working group on indicators and reporting requirements

Session 4: Development cooperation in different environments: parallel sessions

4a. Effective development cooperation in a world of targeted funding

Burkina Faso presentation
Uganda presentation
Global Fund presentation

4b. Fragile states: what are the priorities for effective cooperation in health

Afghanistan presentation
Chad presentation
Democratic Republic of Congo presentation
European Union presentation

4c. Middle income countries: how does development in health change? What are the priorities for effective development cooperation?
Vietnam presentation
Nigeria presentation
Ivory Coast presentation

4d. Results-based financing and effective cooperation: some country perspectives
Benin presentation
Ethiopia presentation
Burundi presentation
World Bank presentation 

Video about results-based financing

Day two presentations

Session 6: Harmonizing and aligning financial management arrangements: achievements; challenges; priorities post 2015

Financial management harmonization and alignment FAQs and guidance

Financial management harmonization and alignment for results progress to date

Short film (1m58s): Financial Management and IHP+

World Bank presentation
Senegal presentation
Cambodia presentation
WHO presentation

Session 7: Tools and approaches for effective cooperation: parallel sessions

7a) Experience with joint annual reviews (JAR)

Cambodia CSO engagement presentation
IHP+ presentation
Mozambique presentation
Zambia presentation
Uganda presentation

7b) Experience with joint financial management arrangements / assessments

World Bank presentation
Sierra Leone presentation

7c) Procurement and supply management: progress, challenges, priorities

Myanmar presentation
Guinea Bissau presentation
Ethiopia presentation

7d) South-south cooperation: achievements; challenges; priorities

HERA presentation
El Salvador presentation
Sudan presentation
Japan presentation
Pacific Islands Forum presentation

Session 8: Improving technical assistance in the health sector: current issues and opportunities

Demand and supply of technical assistance and lessons for the health sector

Session 9: Post 2015: evolution of development cooperation and the place of IHP+