Issue 4 / Indicator 4
Health aid is on budget
Partner Country Performance
Partner countries continued to report national health strategies and plans that included targets and budgets. Out of the 17 countries that participated in the previous rounds, 16 (94%) now have jointly assessed strategies in place. This is a substantial increase compared to only 10 countries (59%) in 2011. (Figure 3) It should be noted that this might reflect a cumulative effect (as strategic plans are generally for 5-years, and the IHP+ reporting only every 2 to 3 years), as well as an increase from cycle to cycle. Among the newly participating countries, only 1 had a jointly assessed health strategy.
Development Partner Performance
There were significant differences in the information provided by Ministries of Health and by development partners on the amount of development funds reported on budget. Data derived from both sources could therefore not be merged and the indicator was calculated using only self-reported data by developing partners. The proportion of development funds recorded in the national budgets in 2013 was 71%, similar to the proportion reported in 2010/11 (72%). It had declined significantly from the level of 81% recorded in 2005/07 (Figure 21). This finding, however, is sensitive to data provided by a few partners with large resource envelopes.
Among the development partners for whom serial data from past monitoring rounds were available, only the UK reached the target of 85% of support to the government sector reported in the national budget. Almost all reported significant reductions in the percentage of aid on budget compared to previous rounds except Belgium and the Global Fund (Figure 22).