The speech made by President Ernest Koroma at the State Opening of Parliament on 11 December 2015 was focused on safe clinics and his government’s commitments to making sure that mother and babies survive childbirth.
As a sign of appreciation and thank you to district stakeholders and activists who have contributed to the Evidence for Action MamaYe campaign since 2012, we recently awarded MamaYe champions in Bonthe and Koinadugu districts with certificates of appreciation for their services to mothers and babies.
It happened in the evening at a detached wooden restaurant inside the Indian Ocean in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the CABRI Financing Healthcare in Africa Conference. I threw a rhetorical question “how can budget transparency and participation remedy this situation?” This example came to my mind.
The Partnership on Advocacy for Family and Child Health project in Nigeria is a social accountability project funded by the Gates Foundation. It is implemented through the strategy of partnership building of indigenous NGOs, champions and activists to catalyse government at national and state levels in Nigeria to fulfil their commitments on child and family health.
Civil society from across Africa met to discuss country experiences in implementing the Global Financing Facility and develop a list of key demands for the World Bank and participating governments. A coordinated civil society submission was given to the Investors Group meeting organized by the World Bank the following week.
The Global Finance Facility (GFF) has established minimum standards of inclusiveness and transparency that all country platforms are expected to adhere to. This position paper proposes expanding on the existing principles of inclusiveness and transparency, and adding principles of independence and accountability.
We recently hosted a capacity building workshop to orientate our close partners on how to use the MamaYe branding guidelines and evidence package.