The Alliance’s Country Coordination and Facilitation approach receives top marks in recent evaluations
The Country Coordination and Facilitation (CCF) work of the Alliance has received top marks in recent evaluations undertaken. These evaluations include a recent European Commission Project evaluation and a rapid assessment on the effectiveness of the CCF in Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The European Commission (EC) has, for the last 3 years, been providing financial support to the Alliance as part of a larger multi-country initiative led by WHO. Within this larger programme, The Alliance was directly responsible for “Supporting countries in addressing their critical HRH bottlenecks for priority health service”, through Country Coordination and Facilitation (CCF) support to countries.
The programme was recently evaluated by an external consultant assigned by EC and a final evaluation report released at the end of May 2012, gave The Alliance’s CCF process top marks.
“The success of the CCF contribution derives from its precise methodology and detailed process that identifies and then engages stakeholders on the basis of their precise interests and potential contributions to solving the health workforce crisis” states the report.
“The programme has succeeded in putting in place the structures and processes necessary for building consensus and creating common ownership amongst the interested parties. Cameroon and Sudan are regarded as examples of good practice in their respective regions”.
The full 70 page long report, which is broader in scope than the Alliance work, is available here.
The rapid assessment on the effectiveness of the CCF in Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe, reveals that the CCF approach enabled the creation of a multi-stakeholder coordination forum supporting HRH joint planning, shared accountability, catalyzing national ownership by upgrading the HRH directorates in all the three assessed countries, recognizing government leadership role in coordination and legitimizing community-based interventions to improve access to essential health services.
The multisectoral HRH platforms developed with the CCF approach have positively influenced the predictability of donors’ support to the HRH component of the health system, promoted the concept of HRH intersectorality and the need for cross-sectoral partnerships at national level.
The Alliance welcomes the positive feed-back from both these evaluations on the contribution of the Alliance and value of the CCF approach.