In 2007, the Norwegian governmentproposed that low-income countries rapidly move towards submitting one proposal - their national health plan - to a consolidated group of bilateral and multilateral donors for review, rather than submitting separate proposals to each potential source of funding.
The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs was a call to renew the Global Business Plan's commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Global Business Plan was taking action to get back on track by the end of 2010 and achieve the health MDGs by 2015. The Campaign was a movement for donors, international agencies, and stakeholders to join.
Countries decide their own health prioritiesand create national health plans to achieve them. Aid agencies should coordinate their work to fit and support these plans.
Countries and international partners had mobilized to develop an effective response to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). What was missing wasa focus for political action at the highest level.
Aid agencies shouldn't add to the amount of reporting, information collecting, and administration that governments and health workers have to do. In fact, this burden should be lightened. We should avoid creating new institutions that make the way aid is given more complex.
More attention should be given to results, so that the money spent is linked to the results achieved - in work on women's and children's health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This will ensure that neglected issues and groups get the attention they need.
Aid agencies should work in ways that strengthen the country's health system as a whole. That means increasing the flexibility of funding so countries can build up local facilities, increase the number of health professionals, and ensure that enough health workers and medicines are in places where they are needed. It also means making and keeping long-term commitments.
Openness benefits everyone: the voters whose taxes are spent on development work, the contributors to charities, and the people in the countries being helped. They all have a vested interest in knowing that money is being spent - and health care provided - in a fair, open, honest, and effective way. Independent evaluation processes will be critical to this principle and ensure effective use of resources.