Civil society operates in an environment which maximizes its engagement in and contribution to development

Partner Country Performance

To monitor the engagement of civil society, Ministries of Health reported on the participation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in five health policy and planning processes: joint annual reviews; sector coordination meetings; thematic or technical working groups; budget development and resource allocation; and the development of a medium-term health sector plan. This last process was measured for the first time in this monitoring round.

The government-reported participation of CSOs in health policy and planning processes continued to be as high as reported in 2010/11 with the exception of participation in budget development and resource allocation, where a 50% decrease was recorded. This greatly reduced the total number of countries that met the target for this indicator (Figure 2 for 17 countries that previously reported).

Development Partner Performance

Development partners reported support for the participation of CSOs in health policy and planning in most countries. In about three quarters of all partnerships, development partners provided at least one type of support to enable CSOs to participate in the health policy dialogue (Figure 15). This was a slight increase over previous rounds. Of these 63% reported providing financial assistance to CSOs, 56% provided technical assistance and 37% supported CSO lobbying and advocacy roles. Funding of CSOs for service delivery was excluded from this survey.