Fifty-two national governments and relevant authorities provided input on how multilateral agencies and other development partners can align and collaborate with their national priorities and plans to improve efficiency and avoid duplication in providing support for an equitable and resilient health-related recovery. sustainable development goals. Progress is lagging in achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The world was off track before COVID-19, and many indicators are now off track. Therefore, the need to strengthen cooperation and align with national priorities is more urgent than ever.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “This report, while encouraging, shows that we have more to do to ensure that we work more closely together to support countries in achieving the priorities they set, rather than Priorities set for them by others.” Chair and Chair, SDG3 GAP Owners Group. “We must listen to countries and act.”
Data were collected as part of the SDG3 Global Action Plan (SDG3 GAP) monitoring process, with initial results included in the 2022 progress report. The WHO-hosted SDG3 GAP Secretariat rolled out a short questionnaire to 75 mainly low- and lower-middle-income countries and regions in the first half of 2022. Fifty-two countries (69%) responded, with higher response rates for low- and middle-income countries (75%) and low-income countries (86%).
Despite the overall positive assessment of cooperation among multilateral partners by governments and relevant authorities – as shown in the heatmap below – some specific recommendations were made in the quantitative surveys and assessments to improve how development partners engage with National priorities are aligned and coordinated. Open-ended responses.
Specific recommendations to improve the way development partners support countries revolve around better alignment with national priorities, greater flexibility and transparency, and streamlining and simplifying disbursement procedures for pooled funds.
Other recommendations include promoting participatory planning and evaluation activities, strengthening institutional capacity of federal and state government entities, strengthening national coordination forums for all development partners involved, reviving health sector working groups, establishing national health system coordination mechanisms, provincial mechanisms and equivalent mechanism and strengthen the role of the Ministry of Health in overall coordination and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The direct and indirect effects of the pandemic, and the overlapping food, security and climate crises, have caused progress on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals to lag far behind the pace needed to achieve them. Acceleration is essential, and one way to achieve it is through increased collaboration among multilateral institutions, based on country-led solutions, and through careful consideration of country needs and recommendations for improvement, which data help identify and measure.
The data and tools were presented as a solution to strengthen national voice and leadership at the 2022 Effective Development Cooperation Summit in Geneva (12-14 December 2022).
Data collected through the questionnaire provides an important accountability mechanism and can serve as a quality improvement tool in the way agencies provide support to countries. A key recommendation is to use national teams from all GAP agencies to help improve collaboration in their countries. Read the full report here.
This form represents feedback received from a senior representative of the Ministry of Health (or equivalent). These responses may not represent the views of other stakeholders and may be subject to consensus bias.