Country compacts are written commitments made by government and development partners that describe how they will work together to improve health outcomes. A country compact is a negotiated agreement between a government and development partners.

Country planning database

The Country Planning Cycle Database is an open, online resource. It provides a country-by-country overview of health national planning, programmatic and project cycles, and information on donor involvement and technical support for the members of the WHO.

Technical assistance (TA) makes up a substantial proportion of development cooperation for health (over a quarter on some estimates) so it is important to make the most of these resources.

Joint annual health sector reviews or JARs are a useful mechanism to review progress in the sector and identify issues that need to be addressed to improve performance.

Sound Financial Management (FM) is critical to ensure the best use is made of scarce resources and that funds for health services reach the communities that need them

Monitoring, evaluation and review of national health strategies

Guidance for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Review of National Health Strategies is aimed at countries and development partners. This document outlines the key features of a sound country-led platform for monitoring, evaluation and review of health sector

Mutual accountability monitoring

The 2016 monitoring round tracked eight effective development cooperation practices in the health sector using indicators for both governments and for development partners. This broadly mapped onto the 'seven behaviours', a number of critical areas where

South-South Cooperation involves the exchange of technology, knowledge or skills among low-income or middle-income countries. In distinction to Triangular Cooperation, it does not include financial or technical assistance by a traditional bilateral or mul

7 Behaviours for effective development cooperation

For countries that receive external development assistance, adhering to effective development cooperation principles is still the most effective way to ensure coordination around health systems strengthening. The seven behaviours are critical areas where