Country cooperation strategies: implementation, lesson learnt and way forward in the African Region: report of the Regional Director
Abstract1. This document gives a report of the follow-up actions on the orientation given at the fifty-first session of the Regional Committee to develop Country Cooperation Strategies in all the forty-six Member countries. It also provides an indication on how the process has evolved, lessons learnt and the way forward for maximizing the gains of the CCS process. 2. WHO has a country presence in the 46 Member States of the African Region and from 2001 has developed CCSs in 45 of the countries through extensive reviews and consultations with ministries of health, other relevant government agencies, development partners, nongovernmental organizations and WHO teams at the three levels of the organization. The strategies are aimed at making WHO more strategic and country-focused while streamlining WHO support to countries for more measurable impacts. The CCSs are aligned to national, subregional and regional objectives and plans such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Millennium Development Goals and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. CCSs are also in line with United Nations and other development agency country-level platforms and processes such as the Common Country Assessment and United Nations Development Assistance Framework. 3. The 45 CCSs have been analysed to obtain regional programmatic trends based on countries’ expressed priority health needs. The Member States and WHO therefore face the challenge of transforming the strategies into feasible work plans through a systems approach to institutionalize effective coordinated health action and improved performance at country level.
Regional Committee for Africa, 55. (2011). Country cooperation strategies: implementation, lesson learnt and way forward in the African Region: report of the Regional Director. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1873