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Using advocacy and data to strengthen political accountability in maternal and newborn health in Africa

Ten Hoope-Bender, Petra and Martin Hilber, Adriane and Nove, Andrea and Bandali, Sarah and Nam, Sara and Armstrong, Corinne and Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed, Evidence for Action and Options Consultancy Services Ltd, Abuja and Nigeria., and Chatuluka, Mathias G. and Magoma, Moke and Hulton, Louise. (2016) Using advocacy and data to strengthen political accountability in maternal and newborn health in Africa. International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 135 (3). pp. 358-364.

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Abstract

Accountability mechanisms help governments and development partners fulfill the promises and commitments they make to global initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals and the Global Strategy on Women's and Children's health, and regional or national strategies such as the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction in Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). But without directed pressure, comparative data and tools to provide insight into successes, failures, and overall results, accountability fails. The analysis of accountability mechanisms in five countries supported by the Evidence for Action program shows that accountability is most effective when it is connected across global and national levels; civil society has a central and independent role; proactive, immediate and targeted implementation mechanisms are funded from the start; advocacy for accountability is combined with local outreach activities such as blood drives; local and national champions (Presidents, First Ladies, Ministers) help draw public attention to government performance; scorecards are developed to provide insight into performance and highlight necessary improvements; and politicians at subnational level are supported by national leaders to effect change. Under the Sustainable Development Goals, accountability and advocacy supported by global and regional intergovernmental organizations, constantly monitored and with commensurate retribution for nonperformance will remain essential.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Swiss Centre for International Health > Sexual and Reproductive Health (Zahorka)
UniBasel Contributors:Martin Hilber, Adriane
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
ISSN:1879-3479
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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