IHP+Results site monitors health aid effectiveness

IHP+Results is an excellent site leading the way in transparent reporting on aid effectiveness in the health sector. It is maintained by an independent consortium contracted to monitor the progress of the  International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+).

Launched in September 2007, the IHP+ aims to better harmonize donor funding commitments, and improve the way international agencies, donors and developing countries work together to develop and implement national health plans. It has four main objectives consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness:

  • Develop ‘country compacts’ that commit development partners to provide sustained and predictable funding and increase harmonization and alignment in support of results orientated national plans and strategies that also tackle health system constraints.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge, guidance, and tools in specific technical areas related to strengthening health systems and services.
  • Enhance coordination and efficiency as well as leverage predictable and sustained aid delivery for health.
  • Ensure mutual accountability and monitoring of performance

The IHP+Results process covers the second phase of the IHP+ from 2009 to 2011.  It will focus primarily on monitoring and evaluating the implementation of commitments set out in IHP+ global compact and in IHP+ country compacts.  The IHP+Results process will be run through an independent North-South Consortium (the IHP+Results Consortium) of research and advocacy organizations, led by Responsible Action, part of the Human|Scale Development Group.

The site currently reports on developments in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. It also tracks the performance of development partners and provides commentary and discussions on the Results Areas it uses to monitor commitments.

Kenya launches food security website

Kenya has launched an online food and agriculture statistical database as part of an ongoing project by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Dubbed CountrySTAT, the database aims at helping the country to effectively operate and maintain agricultural information systems. Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome said the new system would help officials to plan agricultural development in Kenya. “This information is mainly targeted to policy makers and planners in the agricultural sector. It will help us make informed decisions,” Dr Kiome said, explaining that the government would be able to closely monitor availability of food, areas with the most produce as well as incorporate the price of commodities across Kenya.

CountrySTAT is a statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy-making designed in order to organise, integrate and disseminate statistical data and metadata on food and agriculture coming from different sources. The project is being implemented in 17 African countries through a $56 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Kenya is the first English speaking country to implement the system and third in Africa after Mali and Burkina Faso. Cote D’Ivoire’s site has also been launched.

via Michael Karanja at Capital FM Kenya

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