Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Progress on oversight of results and resources

Transparency in information can drive community, national, regional and global efforts to increase accountability and to assess relative country progress. All major development partners, including emerging donors, private foundations and corporate donors, should provide to the global aid database (the Creditor Reporting System of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) more timely, complete and consistent information on resources for health. Global oversight is essential to ensure progress in implementing the Global Strategy and the recommendations of the Commission. Recommendations 7, 8, 9 and 10 advise on how to strengthen oversight of results and resources in order to accelerate improvements in women’s and children’s health.

Recommendation 7: National oversight

By 2012, all countries have established national accountability mechanisms that are transparent, that are inclusive of all stakeholders, and that recommend remedial action, as required.

Recommendation 8: Transparency

By 2013, all stakeholders are publicly sharing information on commitments, resources provided and results achieved annually, at both national and international levels.

Recommendation 9: Reporting aid

By 2012, development partners request the OECD-DAC to agree on how to improve the Creditor Reporting System so that it can capture, in a timely manner, all reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health spending by development partners. In the interim, development partners and the OECD implement a simple method for reporting such expenditure.

Recommendation 10: Global oversight

Starting in 2012 and ending in 2015, an independent ‘‘Expert Review Group’’ is reporting regularly to the United Nations Secretary-General on the results and resources related to the Global Strategy and on progress in implementing this Commission’s recommendations.

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