2 May 2017

Positive multi-stakeholder relationships and changes in health policy have occurred as a result of the IHP+ monitoring exercise.

Monitoring effective development cooperation in health has benefits in DRC and Vietnam

In 2016, thirty countries participated in the IHP+ exercise to monitor effective development cooperation (EDC) in health. Findings are being discussed at multi-stakeholder meetings at country level and there are now results from 16 countries published online. 

The monitoring round tracked effective development cooperation practices in the health sector using indicators for both IHP+ governments and for IHP+ Development Partners. This broadly mapped onto the Seven Behaviours, a focus of IHP+ since 2013.  

Data collection included both quantitative and qualitative information. In addition to government and development partners, the qualitative survey also included civil society and private sector.

The process of participating in the monitoring exercise has had significant impact in some countries, with for example positive shifts in multi-stakeholder relationships and changes in health policy. Here are stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Vietnam. 

DRC: effective development cooperation concepts in policies

In the DRC, the EDC in health agenda has moved forward as a result of the data collection and multi-stakeholder meetings that took place as part of the monitoring process. The ‘Direction des Etudes et Planification du MSP ‘(DEP) of the Ministry of Health is currently writing the DRC’s health financing strategy and will introduce and integrate the concept of EDC into the new strategy. 

The Ministry of Health has also approved a proposal to integrate the monitoring of EDC in health into national heath policy, which will assure more systematic integration of good practice. 

Stronger relationships in Vietnam

The monitoring process has pushed the EDC in health agenda forward in Vietnam, through creating awareness of EDC and building stronger relationships between different stakeholders. At the beginning, it was challenging to mobilise all the different stakeholders, and work out how to collaborate in a meaningful national monitoring exercise. Through working with focal points in the Ministry of Health and development partners, the monitoring exercise began to take shape. Key informants from the government, development partners, the private sector, and local and international NGOs participated in interviews to support the data collection process.  

Several face-to-face meetings allowed national and international stakeholders to better understand the mandate and activities of the Ministry of Health and civil society organisations. The process also encouraged the participation of others such as the Ministry of Investment and Planning and relationships with the private sector and civil society organisations have also been strengthened. 

All results

All monitoring results are being published on a country-by-country basis once the results have been discussed at the country multi-stakeholder meeting. The main findings of the 2016 monitoring round will feed into the IHP+ Global Monitoring Report, together with other complementary work such as the ongoing performance review of development partners.

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