SEA/RC60/3 - Matters relating to programme development and management: review of the detailed workplans for programme budget 2008-2009
AbstractIn May 2007 the World Health Assembly approved the Programme Budget for 2008-2009 arranged under the 13 Strategic Objectives in the Medium-term Strategic Plan. This paper, presented to the Joint Meeting of the Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management (CCPDM) in July 2007 reviews the approved 2008- 2009 budget for the South-East Asia (SEA) Region noting the changes from the previous biennium. The Region’s budget increased by 50.2% in terms of Voluntary Contributions (VC) and 4.6% in terms of Assessed Contributions (AC). During the last six months, Member countries and the Regional Office have undertaken a process of joint planning to prepare workplans for the 2008-2009 Programme Budget. Country Days were held separately with each country to review expected results and initial workplans. These draft workplans were presented to the Joint Meeting for review. The paper summarizes the total amounts reflected in country and Regional Office workplans by Strategic Objective as of 1 July 2007, comparing these to the approved budget for the Region. Several issues concerning these workplans were discussed at the Joint Meeting of Health Secretaries and the CCPDM and the following recommendations to Member States and the Regional Office were made: (1) Countries and the Regional Office must focus more attention on the role of Voluntary Contributions in determining the work of WHO in the Region to ensure that VC funding is in line with the needs and priorities of countries. (2) The Regional Office and country offices should continue efforts to ensure that the workplans are aligned with the approved budgets for each Strategic Objective. (3) The Regional Office should provide more detailed information about the implementation of Multicountry Activities (MCAs) and propose steps to strengthen MCAs in the next biennium. (4) Two options are proposed for the use of additional Assessed Contributions for PB 2008- 2009: A. The entire increase of $ 4.487 million would be allocated to the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund, on the condition that any balance can be carried over to the subsequent biennium, or B. US $ 1 million would be allocated to the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund on the condition that any balance can be carried over to the subsequent biennium and the remainder of the AC increase would be allocated on the basis of 25% to the Regional Office and 75% to the Member countries. This 75 % will be allocated based on: (a) pro-rata distribution to Member countries based on 2008-2009 AC funding levels; (b) in favour of countries with greatest need; or (c) equally distributed to all Member countries. The country allocation would observe the country priorities in line with Country Cooperation Strategies. A Working Group of Member countries would be convened prior to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee to provide recommendations regarding (4). Following the Joint Meeting, country offices and the Regional Office revised the draft workplans based on the recommendations of the Joint Meeting. The Regional Committee is requested to review and note these workplans, and to review the recommendations of the Joint Meeting and those of the Senior Working Group on additional Assessed Contributions.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia. (2007). SEA/RC60/3 - Matters relating to programme development and management: review of the detailed workplans for programme budget 2008-2009. WHO Regional Office for South East-Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128562
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