Based on interest solicited from the group on our recent introductory call, we propose a 2-part approach to facilitate collective learning around this topic.
We would kindly request you to let us know by 15 March if you are interested in (more information below)
1. participating as focal country, discussant or chair in one of the governance for SP sessions
2. participating in the work stream on citizen participation.
Structure: One subtopic would be addressed per session, with a focus on eliciting practical strategies looking at governance for strategic purchasing at country level. There will be two countries involved in structuring each presentation, with one country acting as the focus, and another country acting as the discussant/chair.
The focal country will present on the subtopic as identified below highlighting how governance arrangements related to this specific sub-area of purchasing are shaped in their country, what challenges are and what lessons have been learnt.
The discussant would have a particular interest in the topic and experience of the focal country, and be tasked with:
1) Formulating a practical “how to” question that they would like to know the answer to, and around which the focal country has experience that they could share
2) Briefly speaking to the situation in their own country
A chair would be responsible for convening with the discussant and the focal country to determine the question and structure of the discussion. The question would then also be posed to the group so that other practitioners may reflect and bring relevant experiences on what has and hasn’t worked in their own country contexts.
A sample structure may include the following:
· Presentation from focal country
· Context briefly stated and question posed by discussant
· Response provided by focal country
· Experiences and questions shared by other countries
Chair: Individual chairs would be nominated for each session, to be supported by one of the existing overall series chairs.
Frequency: Approx. every 3 months
End April: Governance for SP: implementing RBF in a decentralized setting (chair tbd, focal country: Agrentina, discussant country: tbd, participant co-blogger: tbd)
End June: Health Information Systems and SP (chair tbd, focal country: tbd, discussant country: tbd, participant co-blogger: tbd)
End August: SP instruments to improve quality of health services (chair tbd, focal country: tbd, discussant country: tbd, participant co-blogger: tbd)
End October: Implementation of purchaser provider split (questions of political feasibility, autonomy) (chair tbd, focal country: tbd, discussant country: tbd, participant co-blogger: tbd)
Alternate topics: PFM for strategic purchasing
Intermediate products: Blog posts of 1-2 pages co-authored jointly by the chair and discussant as well as 2-3 other participants that commit to engage in this, to form part of series.
End product: Synthesis paper focused on key country experiences and summarizing overall learnings and questions raised by the group.
· Structure: Over the remainder of the year, interested participants would form a subgroup to discuss citizen participation for strategic purchasing. This group would convene virtually to share experiences. A first session or virtual exchange would determine how the engagement would function.
· Chair: This group would be chaired and convened by a volunteer who is interested in the topic and has time to help shape and provide a level of oversight and structure to the group. They will also be supported by one of the existing overall series chairs.
· Frequency: TBD by subgroup- potential “feedback” sessions linked to larger series
· Output: TBD by subgroup