Holding Ourselves Accountable
Accountability is critical to the objectives of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. As called for in the Global Strategy, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, established in December 2010, developed a framework to ensure that promises of resources for women's and children's health are kept and that results are measured.
The accountability framework identifies a core set of indicators for results and resources, proposes an action plan to improve health information systems, and explores opportunities to improve access to information through information technology.
The Commission was led by two co-chairs, President Kikwete of Tanzania and Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and two vice-chairs Dr Chan, WHO Director-General, and Dr Touré, Secretary-General of ITU. Overall, it included thirty Commissioners. Commissioners were chosen from a wide range of stakeholder groups in high-income and developing countries, including governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, foundations and academia.
It held its second, and final, meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1-2 May 2011.
Objectives of the Commission
The objectives of the Commission were to:
- Determine international institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women's and children's health. This accountability framework encompasses results and resources, and identify the roles of the different partners involved.
- Identify ways to improve monitoring of progress towards women and children's health, while minimizing the reporting burden on countries, including a core set of indicators, efficient investment in data generation and better data sharing.
- Propose actions to overcome major challenges to accountability at the country level, including strengthening of country capacity and addressing major data gaps, such as the monitoring of vital events.
- Identify opportunities for innovation provided by information technology that facilitate improved accountability for results and resources, and propose ways of ensuring these opportunities are harnessed to bring maximum benefit to countries.
Timeline for the Commission
||Launch of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health
|26 January 2011
||First Meeting of the Commission in Geneva, Switzerland
||Draft Working Group Final Papers available for public input
|15 April 2011
||Deadline for public input into the Working Group Final Papers
|1-2 May 2011
||Second and Final Commission Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
|19 May 2011
||Advance Copy of the Final Report of the Commission presented at a technical briefing during the 64th World Health Assembly
|20 September 2011
||Final Copy of the Commission's Report Keeping Promises, Measuring Results made available at the United Nations General Assembly
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