Increasing the efficiency of aid to the health sector is one of the primary objectives of the International Health Partnership (IHP), which was also a subject of much discussion in Brighton. Bob Fryatt of WHO and Nicole Klingen of the World Bank reported back on the inter-ministerial meeting held in Geneva, that I've posted a previous blog on.
Julian Lob-Levyt of the GAVI, the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation, which is a signatory of the IHP also spoke. Julian talked about the importance of performance based financing, which links the funds given to clear measures of progress, as being a key way of ensuring that development aid, as well as a governments own resources, are used effectively. However, he was also quick to concede that in order to reward a country for good performance, development partners need to ensure that sufficient funds are provided in a reliable and predictable way, so that countries are able to deliver services, and have sufficient funds to perform.
The GAVI website explains how GAVI works, and also documents its remarkable success in increasing immunisation coverage and in stimulating countries to take up new vaccines which are already beginning to improve health in a number of countries. DFID is one of the major funders of GAVI.