Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Message from the Chair: Call for Evidence

February 1, 2012


Let me introduce you to a new section on our Website: A call for submissions of documentation for good practice and obstacles for achieving accountability in women’s and children’s health.

We hope that all partners committed to improving the health of women and children will consider submitting evidence or ideas to us.

This Call aims to pursue three of our key functions.

At our first meeting, we identified six priority areas of work for the next year. You read about those in my first blog. Our priorities for the first year will be: the use of the 11 indicators identified by the Commission for monitoring progress in countries; the creation of country compacts between governments and development partners to facilitate resource tracking; the establishment of national accountability mechanisms to monitor, review, and remedy progress on women's and children's health; and the revision of the OECD-DAC's Creditor Reporting System so that spending on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health can be fully captured.

In addition to these goals we are interested in receiving submissions on successful programmes using Information and Communication Technologies. ICT and their applications have an important part to play in improving accountability and health, sometimes in very direct and sometimes in very indirect ways. So, we look for examples from you. We also decided to focus on accountability for information and resources for five specific groups of disadvantaged populations - refugees, displaced populations, people living in occupied territories, young women, and women who seek access to safe abortion. These interests are in line with us adhering to the principle of equity.

Part of our challenge is going to be learning about the successes taking place in many countries. We would like to know about obstacles to achieving the Global Strategy, as well as obstacles to ensuring the proper accountability arrangements as set out by the Commission.

Through this call, we want to receive the very best examples available of good practice in accountability for women's and children's health. We also want to know what did not work so well and needs improving. Your submissions will inform our recommendations about the effectiveness of the accountability framework agreed by the Commission and how it might be improved.

We need your help. We count on you, our partners, to help us generate the evidence needed to do our work. I look forward very much to hearing from you.

Richard Horton,
iERG Chair

Call for Evidence

Documentation for good practice and obstacles as well as other materials related to the accountability for women's and children's health can be submitted to the iERG Secretariat at