This is the fifth Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; the Partnership) annual accountability report. It presents the final update on financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2015) and looks ahead to the implementation of its successor, the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). Lessons learned from tracking and analysing commitments to the 2010 Global Strategy are discussed in the light of how they can help strengthen accountability for the updated Global Strategy in key areas such as:
- Integrating human rights into all aspects of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health;
- Engaging with civil society organizations (CSOs), parliamentarians and other stakeholders to align accountability and advocacy;
- Building capacity to conduct budget analysis and citizens’ hearings.
The report includes a short overview of the accountability work of the Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival.
The analysis of financial commitments shows a number of encouraging trends in the implementation of Global Strategy commitments and financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). It also highlights areas that require additional focus, including:
- A single, integrated global accountability framework to improve overall coherence, cost-effectiveness and impact.
- A strengthened capacity to collect, analyse and synthesize data on resources, results and rights.
- The collection of disaggregated data to strengthen accountability for at-risk and vulnerable populations.
- Developing an accountability index to improve alignment between objectives and commitments.
- Expanding accountability work to include monitoring of underlying social determinants.