GAVI Alliance: Programme of support to the Health Systems Strengthening Team

MannionDaniels worked with the GAVI Alliance in 2013-2014 to provide a programme of support to the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Team. The aim was to develop a set of options for future GAVI participation in Joint Annual Reviews and Joint Assessment of National Strategies, revise their Annual Progress Report Template and revise their HSS application form and guidelines.

In keeping with Paris, Accra and Busan declarations and the International Health Partnership (IHP+), The GAVI Alliance supports the principles of harmonization and alignment of country HSS grants with immunisation service-specific plans and strategies along with national health plan/strategy, allowing countries to steer development aid towards their priorities.

MannionDaniels provided specialist technical advice to the HSS Team in the following areas:

  • GAVI would like to increase its engagement with IHP+ processes such as Joint Annual Reviews (JAR) and Joint Assessment of National Strategies (JANS) and has contracted MannionDaniels to undertake a broad stakeholder engagement process to feed into identification of a set of options for how GAVI may better participate in, and utilize information from, the JAR and JANS processes, both for the HSS application stage as well as for monitoring of on-going GAVI HSS grant implementation and immunisation coverage and equity.
  • Several countries receive GAVI HSS funding through a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism. MannionDaniels has therefore developed a set of recommendations for how GAVI can participate in multi-donor pooled funding mechanisms in the context of IHP+, using planning and monitoring systems that are specific to these pooled funding mechanisms.
  • In 2013 MannionDaniels supported GAVI to redesign its HSS application form and guidelines, streamlining the process for countries going through the application process. Central to this were the principles of aid effectiveness. MannionDaniels has now taken feedback from the first set of countries to use these guidelines and has made further improvements based on this feedback.
  • GAVI is undergoing a redesign of its grant application and monitoring review process.  This will allow a more iterative development of country proposals as well as grant monitoring. MannionDaniels has developed a revised country annual progress report (APR) template for monitoring on-going HSS grant implementation that is more closely aligned with the content of the revised GAVI HSS application form, performance based funding (PBF) and consistent with JAR processes.

The MannionDaniels team involved in this work has been led by Dr. Louisiana Lush, a MannionDaniels Associate. Key inputs on pooled financing mechanisms were provided by David Daniels, background research by Rolla Khadduri and the redesign work on the application materials and APR templates was undertaken by Clea Knight – all part of the Technical Team at MannionDaniels.

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