18 April

Side Event during the UHC Financing Forum 2018, Washington D.C.

Mobilising development cooperation for the health-related SDGs – renewed momentum for the effectiveness agendaMobilising development cooperation for the health-related SDGs – renewed momentum for the effectiveness agendaMobilising development cooperation for the health-related SDGs – renewed momentum for the effectiveness agenda

18 April 2018, 12:30-14:00 (1.5h)

National Ballroom, Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Washington, DC

In the era of SDGs and universal health coverage, and for UHC2030 which transformed from the International Health Partnership + (IHP+) in 2017, effective development cooperation (EDC) remains an important area of work. However the EDC agenda needs reframing in the broader context of mobilising development finance to support the SDGs. International cooperation based on mutual learning across countries and development effectiveness principles is one of the key principles that partners collectively subscribe to use in guiding action to strengthen health systems when they sign the UHC2030 Global Compact.

Since the launch of IHP+ in 2007, IHP+ Results has provided an important function in monitoring the performance of IHP+ signatories’ implementation of their commitments as set out in the IHP+ Global Compact, and on the basis of the IHP+ Seven Behaviours which translate commitments into action. To date, there have been five rounds of monitoring. The latest 2016 IHP+ performance report includes findings from 30 countries, the highest participation ever in this monitoring exercise, reflecting continued interest and relevance for countries of the effective development agenda.

This side event at the UHC Financing Forum provides an opportunity to discuss country experience in monitoring implementation of effective development cooperation principles and identify how continued commitment is important in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion will provide some important perspectives to reinvigorate the essence of the effective development cooperation agenda and inform the way forward for UHC2030 to support countries’ own efforts in this area. The event will also provide an opportunity to disseminate the findings of the IHP+ 2016 Performance Report and launch the report.


Highlight key findings and emphasise priority areas where continued commitment remains important;

Stimulate discussion on effective development cooperation in health in the light of the SDGs and how effective development cooperation principles remain key to strengthen national health systems for achieving UHC by 2030;

Identify suggestions on the way forward for UHC2030 to support country’s effective development cooperation.


Part 1

12:30-12:35 Welcome + introduction/scene setting

Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, AMREF Health Africa; and co-chair, UHC 2030 

12:35-12:45 Presentation: Main findings from the IHP+ performance review 2016 and way forward

Mr. Maxwell Dapaah, Senior Public Financial Management Specialist, the World Bank; and Joint Lead of the UHC2030 Core Team

12:45-12:50: Keynote on the relevance development effectiveness in the context of the SDGs: the role of development cooperation to support countries make progress towards UHC in financing sustainability. What’s the experience of Ghana for other countries who are preparing to transition from aid?

Dr. Emmanuel Ankrah Odame, Director, Policy, Planning and M&E, Ministry of Health, Ghana


Part 2

12:50-13:20 Panel session


H.E. Dr. Youk Sambath, Director General for Administration and Finances, Ministry of Health, Cambodia

Dr. Boluwatife Oluwafunmilola Lola-Dare, President, CHESTRAD International, Nigeria

Dr. Jesse Boardman Bump, Lecturer on Global Health Policy, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ms. Marion Jane Cros, Senior Health Economist, Global Financing Facility 

13:20-13:40 Questions and comments from the floor

13:40-13:55 Feedback from panelists

Part 3

13:55-14:00 Concluding remarks:

Dr. Agnès Soucat, Director, Health systems financing and governance, World Health Organization

End of event