PMA Collaborates with TAAC for Wider Data Use

There is global recognition of the need to mobilize governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address major health challenges. This has led to positive commitments from governments and other actors to improve the lives of women, children, adolescents and families over the past several years. Sustaining action on global and country commitments is not easy. Monitoring, reviewing and determining accountability and financial needs that will translate commitments to impact cannot be effective without solid engagement mechanisms driven by civil society.

To help address this pressing need, Jhpiego, along with FP2020, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Palladium and PAI, organized a workshop in conjunction with ICPD+25 to bring civil society actors together for a knowledge exchange with the Advocacy and Accountability Collaborative (TAAC) partners and to begin the move to re-establish TAAC as a  global south country-led collaborative.

TAAC was founded three years ago and Jhpiego has continued coordinating the network, which is comprised of INGO’s headquartered in the US with a large footprint in multiple countries. The goal is to help the civil society organizations mainstream advocacy within their own organizations or to partner with advocates to advance an evidence-based advocacy agenda at the country level and with donor engagements.

TAAC is focused on three key areas: 1. Accountability, 2. Sustainable Domestic Resource Mobilization  and 3. Increased Use of Data for Decision Making.

PMA has been asked to partner with TAAC as one of the data engines fueling this movement. Dr. Scott Radloff, Dr. Fredrick Makumbi of PMA Uganda and Dr. Peter Gichangi of PMA Kenya gave an overview of the new PMA model and use case studies from their respective countries. There was also a breakout session where we answered outstanding questions about the survey and gathered feedback on ways the stakeholders prefer to receive the data.

A subsequent workshop was held later in the week for us to dive deeper into a discussion that further shaped shared strategic priorities for evidence based accountability and domestic resource mobilization for SRHR at the country level. We also validated a shared theory of change and a coordination infrastructure and mapped next steps.

The Advocacy and Accountability Collaborative will meet two times per year. We are excited about working with the partners to make our data more accessible and relevant for advocates and policy makers.

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:15