How development partners can change for the better

At the  IHP+ meeting in Nairobi, December 2012, participants identified a number of critical areas where international development partners need to change their behaviour in order to accelerate progress on the MDGs. Recent meetings of global health leaders have strongly supported renewed action on these seven behaviours which, if implemented, would bring visible results.

The seven behaviours

  1. Agreement on priorities that are reflected in a single national health strategy and underpinning sub-sector strategies, through a process of inclusive development and joint assessment, and a reduction in separate exercises.
  2. Resource inputs recorded on budget and in line with national priorities
  3. Financial management systems harmonized and aligned; requisite capacity building done or underway, and country systems strengthened and used.
  4. Procurement/supply systems harmonized and aligned, parallel systems phased out, country systems strengthened and used with a focus on best value for money. National ownership can include benefiting from global procurement.
  5. Joint monitoring of process and results is based on one information and accountability platform including joint annual reviews that define actions that are implemented and reinforce mutual accountability.
  6. Opportunities for systematic learning between countries developed and supported by agencies (south-south/triangular cooperation).
  7. Provision of strategically planned and well-coordinated technical support.

Global health leaders at their latest meeting in September 2013 decided to take concrete steps pushing forward progress in one area, namely measurement of results and accountability.

Country dialogue and action on the seven behaviours has take place, facilitated by IHP+. To date, missions have taken place in SenegalMyanmarSierra Leone, Burundi and Ethiopia.  

Advocacy materials

IHP+ has postcards and posters to promote the concept of the seven behaviours, which are free to everyone. We also have a poster to demonstrate why development cooperation in health is so important, for the people who work in health services and for those who use them. The A2 posters are available in three different formats for Anglophone and Francophone Africa and Asian countries. Bookmarks are also available.

If you would like to receive any of these materials please write to Lana Cridland at, stating your address and what you would like. 

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