The Unified Accountability Framework: Supporting country-led efforts with the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

Over the previous two decades, countries that made the fastest progress in improving the health of women, children and adolescents demonstrated effective country leadership at all levels. Essential to accelerating progress for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health is accountability, which is one of the three pillars of the Every Woman Every Child architecture to support country-led implementation of the Global Strategy towards achieving the SDGs. This work is coordinated through the Unified Accountability Framework (UAF) and supported by PMNCH. The purpose of the UAF is to provide a way of organizing and bringing together diverse stakeholders and critical elements to streamline the monitor, review and act elements of accountability at all levels.

Key functions of the UAF will be to:
  • Facilitate tracking of resources, results and rights, including through multi-stakeholder commitments and multi-sector action, to achieve the Global Strategy objectives and the SDGs
  • Promote alignment of national, regional and global investments and initiatives in support of the country accountability system and plans, and improve multi-stakeholder engagement at all levels including through citizens’ hearings
  • Contribute to national and SDG monitoring through the Global Strategy indicator and monitoring framework that covers 9 SDGs and prioritizes 60 indicators: 34 from the SDGs and an additional 26 drawn from established global initiatives to help avoid duplication
  • Support the critical independent review function through the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP). The IAP will produce an annual ‘State of the World’s Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health’ report and in so doing identify areas to increase progress and accelerate action
  • Harmonize with other accountability initiatives, such as the Health Data Collaborative (HDC),the Countdown to 2030 and others; including to strengthen country information systems as required and support reporting for national planning and on progress towards the Global Strategy and SDGs