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Coalitions Using Political Economy Analysis

Over the last two years, E4A-MamaYe has been working with coalitions to influence policy and budgeting for improved maternal and neonatal health. A core principle of effective advocacy is ensuring it responds to the political economy context of the issue that advocates aim to change.

How to plan health budget advocacy

Planning health budget advocacy will help you and other advocates to ensure that your advocacy efforts happen at the right time and deliver the right information to the right audience.

How to engage in public participation

Public participation can enable citizens, including advocacy groups, to access information on budget decisions so that they are able to better understand the issues and options that the Government are considering. While participating in the process, citizens can influence decisions by speaking on behalf of the people they represent.

How to establish the funding flow

Establishing the funding flow can give you a better understanding of how money flows through the health system and where there might be bottlenecks preventing money from reaching health facilities.

How to develop a scorecard

A scorecard is a visual display of performance against a set of agreed indicators against targets. Usually, traffic lights colours – green, amber and red – are used to depict performance, with green meaning good progress, amber meaning moderate progress and red meaning poor progress.

How to develop a health budget advocacy brief

The Health Budget Advocacy Brief will help you to visualise complex health and budget information. It links financial data on budget allocation and budget performance (release and spending) to data on service delivery and utilisation.

How to map the budget cycle

Mapping the budget cycle will help you explore when decisions are made, by whom, and how you can engage directly or via champions.

How to analyse budget performance

Analysing budget performance can help you to understand how much money was committed and spent on the things you care about.

How to establish the health financing context

Establishing the health financing context can help you to get a better picture of the state of funding for health in your country. It will help you to check who is paying for health, and to what extent the Government are moving towards universal health coverage.

E4A-MAMAYE STORY: LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY

Women and girls make their communities thrive when they have access to good quality health services. The E4A-MamaYe project has been working to improve maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. We have learned that building local partnerships that connect health advocates with the media, government and health professionals gives them the power to hold decision makers to account for improving women's and children's health.