Partners' Forum 2007

17-20 April 2007 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Evoking the wisdom of Julius Nyerere, former President of Tanzania, Dr Francisco Songane passionately closed the Partners’ Forum Friday, 20 April 2007: “I would like to thank all participants in this first Partners’ Forum. The level of participation and the fact that you stayed for a full three days discussion is most encouraging for our work. We at the Secretariat and the Board have felt this strong support and it will help us move forward to find the directions that the Partnership should take."

From Tuesday evening until the closing session late on Friday afternoon, participants in the Partners' Forum in Tanzania worked to bring reality to The Partnership vision of working together. Some highlights from the Partners' Forum :

The Opening Ceremony included a series of inspiring speeches by prominent leaders, including the President of the Pan-African Parliament,Ambassador Dr Gertrude Mongella, the Prime Minister of Tanzania, as well as a video made by health care workers in Tanzania, "Play Your Part", and a performance by a prominent Tanzanian singer.

An overview of The Partnership, coupled with an overview of the Ten-Year Strategy and Conceptual and Institutional Framework were the order of the first full day of work at the Partners' Forum. Most important, The Partnership's six constituencies and four Working Groups met face to face for the first time, and discussed modus operandi and governance.

The six constituencies include:

  • Governments
  • Donors/foundations
  • United Nations Agencies
  • Non governmental organizations
  • Academic/research institutions
  • Health care professionals.

The Partnership's four Working Groups include:

  • Country support
  • Advocacy
  • Monitoring & evaluation
  • Promoting effective interventions

The Global Business Plan

The initiative spear-headed by the Prime Minister of Norway, and adopted by The Partnership Board in November 2006 - the Global Business Plan - was presented and discussed.

A highlight of the conference for many was the rich discussion held in the roundtable chaired by Lynn Freedman, of Columbia University and the Millennium Project: Achieving MDGs 4 & 5: The role of partnership.

The closing session ended with Dr Songane's impassioned speech to Partners, and a resounding vote of Thanks from Biram Ndiaye, from the Prime Minister's Office in Senegal.