Implementation of the WHO Programme Budget 2014-2015 in the African Region: Report of the Regional Director
AbstractEXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. This document is a progress report on the implementation of the Programme Budget 2014- 2015. It presents an overview of the current level of financing and status of implementation of the 2014-2015 approved budget for the African Region, and the challenges associated with its implementation. The paper also highlights the current status of internal controls and compliance with rules and regulations as this has implications for both the WHO Secretariat and Member States. 2. The 2014-2015 approved budget for the African Region is US$ 1.120 billion, representing 28% of the global WHO approved budget of US$ 3.977 billion. Seventy-five per cent (US$ 843.90 million) of the regional budget is appropriated for countries with a balance of US$ 276.10 million (25%) allotted for the Regional Office, including the Intercountry Support Teams (ISTs). 3. At the time of reporting (end of May 2014), the total funds received in the Region was US$ 631.03 million, which means an average funding level of 56% (53% for the same period in the last biennium), lower than the 70% anticipated at the beginning of the biennium following the newly established financing dialogue. The funding pattern also shows that the African Region continues to be disproportionately funded across Categories and across Programmes within the same Category. The implementation of the programme budget stood at US$ 223 million, representing 20% of the approved budget and 35% of the available resources. The rates of implementation of available resources however vary across Categories and Programmes, ranging from 17% for Category 3 to 52% for Category 5. With 16% of the overall expenditure, after staff costs, Direct Finance Cooperation (DFC) is the most utilized funding mechanism for implementing activities at country level. However, reporting by Member States on DFC, although improving, continues to face a major challenge in achieving the compliance and oversight requirements. 4. To facilitate and improve effective implementation of WHO technical cooperation with Member States, there is a need to ensure that available resources are strategically allocated to the regional priority programmes. While the reprogramming process could help to rectify some of the distortions in the funding of the budget, the maturing of the financing dialogue is expected to improve alignment of funding with the approved programme budget. Active participation by Member States of the Region in this process would be beneficial in this regard. 5. It is also critical that Member States make substantial improvement in the area of financial and technical reporting in order to be compliant with the financial rules of the Organization. The Secretariat must also improve in the area of obtaining value for money through a more robust procurement process and in ensuring a more accurate costing of outputs contained in the programme budget so as to be able to monitor and evaluate performance more meaningfully. 6. The Regional Committee is invited to examine the report and provide guidance for future action.
Regional Committee for Africa, 64. (2014). Implementation of the WHO Programme Budget 2014-2015 in the African Region: Report of the Regional Director. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/143112
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa, Sixty-fourth session, Provisional agenda item 13
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