On 24th and 25th October 2016, civil society and community groups from Anglophone African countries gathered in Nairobi Kenya at Amber Hotel for a training workshop for the Shadow Report and Scorecard Initiative and to improve the Transparency and Accountability of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCM) in Africa. This is a joint initiative between EANNASO (As the Anglophone Africa CRG Platform) and AIDS Accountability international AAI. Participants were also encouraged to share experiences on role of civil society in holding CCMs and decision makers accountable.
The civil society CCM shadow assessment will not duplicate the Global Fund supported Eligibility and Performance Assessments (EPAs). This is because whilst EPAs are consultant-facilitated self-assessments of CCMs that are largely driven by the Global Fund to facilitate accountability using a top down approach, the shadow CCM assessment will be undertaken by the civil society in country. Hence, they will help to improve CCM accountability using a bottom-up approach.
Nine countries were selected from Anglophone Africa to attend the training to pilot the CCM Scorecard shadow reporting initiative. These countries are: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi.
The official opening was done by the EANNASO Programme Officer, Yvonne Kahimbura. She started by thanking everyone for making it to the workshop then went ahead to read the speech on behalf of Richard
In his speech, Richard Muriuki applauded EANNASO for providing leadership in developing the Anglophone Africa Civil Society Shadow Report and Country Scorecarda. Terming it as the requisite evidence to inform national and global advocacy strategies on what needs to change and how things should be done differently for more meaningful, results-oriented and effective performance assessment of CCMs.
Among other topics, participants were introduced to Country CCM Shadow Reports. These reports will drill down into issues at country level and will assess CCM performance from the perspectives of both CCM members as well as the perspective of other stakeholders such as principal recipients, sub-recipients and communities.
Rene-Frederic Plain from the CCM Hub at the Global Fund Secretariat highlighted that the Global Fund will be embarking on ethics programs for CCM members whereby the Hub is a developing a code of conduct for CCM members. The code of conduct was developed in October 2016, with plans to inform CCMs in November and December 2016 about the new tool. In January 2017, the documents will be sent for signing to CCM members and asking CCMs to take appropriate actions when taking due diligence process and will be among the six eligibility requirements.
Working toward developing an induction in the form of e-leaning modules and face-to-face modules, the Hub is proactively approaching CCM members and oversight committee members for a two-day for leadership training. It will be deployed to 20 countries in January 2017. The CCM Hub is also working with GIZ to conduct a regional workshop in Francophone Africa in the first week of December 2016, inviting PRs, stakeholders and government representative not on the CCM. EANNASO as the host of the Anglophone Africa Regional Platform will also participate in that forum.
Rene-Frederic Plain ended by thanking EANNASO and the Regional Platform, as well as AAI, for hosting the event and for inviting the Global Fund CCM Hub. He also pledged to be part of the initiative to enable civil society and community groups in Anglophone Africa do produce quality and meaningful country reports that can be utilized in informing the next funding cycle. “I believe this is the beginning of a fruitful partnership,” said Plain.
Additionally EANNASO’s Executive Director, Olive Mumba, thanked the participants, facilitators and for availing themselves for the two days, and stressed that need for civil society to engage in decisions that affect us especially processes that support effectiveness as the example of EPA's. This initiative supports CS and communities to proactively get insights into their CCMs. She then committed the support from the Anglophone Africa platform as well as other technical partners who took part in the training.
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