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What we learned at the Financing the Future conference in Accra last week

Last week we attended the Financing the Future conference organised by the Overseas Development Institute and African Centre for Economic Transformation in Accra, Ghana. Here are some of our key take-aways from the conference.

A multi-stakeholder approach to health budget advocacy

We attended an inspiring workshop in Harare organised by Harmonisation for Health Africa, the World Health Organisation and others to get different types of stakeholders from the same country in the same room so they could agree together on a health budget advocacy plan.

Transparency must be core to future financing for development

Many AHBN members may be focused on influencing the content of the Sustainable Development Goals' future health goal – currently worded as “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing”. But what if we also tried to influence the rules of the budgeting process, trying to achieve greater transparency and public participation?

What role for civil society in the future Global Financing Facility for Women and Children?

The Global Financing Facility will channel both domestic and external funds toward maternal and child health, in line with the next Global Strategy for women and children. Our strength in influencing this process lies in sourcing contributions and opinions from you, our members.

BAG Launches Report on Late and Incomplete Disbursement of Funds for Health and Water in Sierra Leone

On Thursday 19th March 2015, the Budget Advocacy Working Group (BAG) launched a report on the bottlenecks in the disbursement of government funds for health and water at Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown.

Teenagers Say No to Ebola Stigmatisation, Rape and Early Teenage Pregnancy

On Saturday 14th March, Bright Light Youth Empowerment hosted a seminar on teenage pregnancy, rape and Ebola stigmatisation at the National Youth Commission in Freetown.

MamaYe Sierra Leone: what we have learnt about budget advocacy

Sowo Lebbie tells us about what makes budget advocacy working group successful, what is special about budget advocacy, and how health budget advocacy has changed in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

How to measure universal health coverage

The Global Network for Health Equity recently published seven situation analyses of health financing for Universal Health Coverage. Follow this guidance to conduct your own situation analysis.

Technical Corner: Decoding health expenditure indicators: part II

In this issue of the technical corner, we’re going to walk you through the units that the mysterious world of global health expenditure indicators is typically presented in. And which ones are most appropriate to use for which analysis.

Economic growth + greater tax revenue = more money for health?

You might already have heard of the term “fiscal space for health”. It describes whether the government has enough additional resources to increase the amount of money it spends on health without spending beyond its means or taking funds away from other sectors.