Changing the way we work together

IHP+ is a global initiative to improve development cooperation in health. Adhering to the IHP+ Seven Behaviours and other IHP+ principles potentially really matters to your country and the way your country’s health system is financed and functions. It ultimately affects the health of citizens. For more information about IHP+ please see About IHP+. For more information about CSO engagement please go to Key Issues. 

To find out more about how Civil Society is engaging with the transformation of IHP+, please read the concept note from May 2016. 

What can CSOs at country level do to engage with IHP+? 

Find out: 

  1. Is your government is a signatory to IHP+? 
  2. Which of your country’s donor agencies are a signatory to IHP+? 
  3. Are these donors working with each other and the government to support the national health plan? 
  4. To what extent are your country’s policies, plans, implementation and systems of good quality, providing a sound basis for support both from your tax payers and external partners?

You can also: 

  1. Mobilise a CSO platform for engagement and advocacy, or support it if it already exists. 
  2. Advocate for effective development cooperation and coordination principles to be put into practice at both government and donor agency level. 
  3. Support the government to choose the right priorities and develop a comprehensive and strong national health plan.
  4. Mediate and support donors and the government to ensure the effective and timely use of funds. 
  5. Highlight success and failures in health sector performance, and bring it to the attention of both government officials, politicians and the public.

Some country-level CSOs have received grants from the IHP+ Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) to support CSO engagement with national health policy. Read some case studies about how these grants have supported CSOs in the past. 

Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) 

Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS Uganda) 

Health Rights Advocacy Forum (HERAF) 

Rahnuma- Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) 

At the global level, international and national CSOs are a part of IHP+’s governing body, called the Steering Committee. There is also a Civil Society Consultative Group which discusses CSO engagement with IHP+ issues. IHP+ thematic working groups also include civil society representation. 

For more information on how to engage in IHP+ Civil Society discussions, please contact:

Southern IHP+CSO representative:

Dr Rozina Farhad Mistry – Pakistan, Visiting Faculty, Health Policy and Management Program, Aga Khan University; Former Director, Community Health, Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan; Former Member, GAVI Civil Society Steering Committee. E-mail:

Alternate: Guy Tete Benissan, le Réseau des Plates-Formes d'ONG d'Afrique de l'Ouest, REPAOC, West Africa Email:

Northern IHP+ CSO representative:

Bruno Rivalan, Head of French Office, Global Health Advocates

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