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News in brief and coming events

January 2014

Multilateral Aid Review

The Multilateral Aid Review update, by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), was conducted in 2013. DFID concluded that WHO has made reasonable progress since the original 2011 report in addressing the UK reform priorities. This progress has been recognized with an increase, of 2 million pounds sterling annually, in core voluntary contributions funding for 2013-2014.

However, DFID highlighted a number of areas for improvement, including rolling out the reform priorities at regional and country levels, showing evidence of country results through a corporate performance assessment framework, and strengthening regional and country capacity in compliance and financial control.

The final report was made public in mid-December 2013.

Second stage evaluation on WHO reform

The evaluation of WHO's preparedness and capacity to drive forward the reform agenda was completed. The final report provides both a status update on reform progress as well as recommendations to overcome barriers to the success of reform. In particular, the report highlights the need for strengthened management of the reform process and Organizational change, as well as deepened engagement with staff critical for reform implementation. Uptake of the report’s recommendations will be marked by the development of a web-based reform management tool to support staff responsible for implementation of reform initiatives. A revised reform implementation plan incorporating a more robust reform performance framework will be presented to WHO’s governing bodies in May 2014.

2013 Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)

The 2013 Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) conducted an assessment of four UN entities, including WHO. The findings of this assessment acknowledged considerable improvements in WHO’s organizational effectiveness, especially in the areas of financial management and accountability, oversight and audit, WHO’s humanitarian response, and human resources management. These positive assessments indicate that the WHO reforms initiated in 2011 have already started bearing fruits in making the Organization more effective, efficient, relevant and fit for purpose. The MOPAN report also recommended to further strengthen its development results by applying a clear results chain defined in the Twelfth General Programme of Work.

Coming events

Twentieth meeting of the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board, 15-16 May 2014.

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, 19-24 May 2014, with the 135th session of the Executive Board to follow.