Coordinating and keeping track of external aid is often a significant challenge for governments and ministries. The McCall Macbain Foundation (MMF) funded the External Aid Coordination Unit (EACU) within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to enable the MoHSW to better lead and coordinate donor aid in the health sector. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve the efficiency of health service provision in Liberia. The EACU is composed by a team of 5 staff and is integrated with the Department for Planning, Research and Development within the Ministry of Health. “The EACU will:

  • Act as the secretariat for the Health Sector Coordinating Committee, including providing documentation and coordination of information flow between sub-committees and (Health Financing, Working Group on Funding Mechanisms, Health Coordination Committee, etc)
  • Act as the secretariat for the coordination of major donor technical assistance
  • Interact closely and share information with the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC) and represent the MoHSW on the National Aid Coordination Committee (chaired by the LRDC)
  • Plan and carry out surveys related to improving the efficiency of service delivery and sector coordination, including the potential development of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), SWAps and service contracting modalities
  • Facilitate the prioritization process for activities to be funded by the pool fund mechanism
  • Maintain the definitive database of external aid to the health sector
  • Develop a communication strategy for sharing essential sector information related to partner support, especially levels of funding, areas being supported and gaps requiring support
  • Disseminate and promote increased adherence to national priorities and programmes, especially the Basic Package of Health Services
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Planning in certifying service provider partners and coordinating their inputs with other sector activities, including potential public private partnerships
  • Develop a central register of grant agreements entered into with partners
  • Develop a master, central filing system for grant agreements entered into by the MoHSW
  • Use the central grant register to track and disseminate grant reporting, compliance and liquidation requirements within the MoHSW, producing summary reports for senior management
  • Work with the office of Financial Management (OFM) to develop strong linkages between new financial management tools and grant agreements established with the MoHSW, including financial information for technical and material support
  • Review all new grant proposals and ensure that they reflect agreed sector gaps and priorities
  • Interact with the MoHSW’s Office of General Council to ensure grant agreements fall with clear legal frameworks “

Partners: McCall MacBain Foundation

Implementing Partners: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Focus Areas: Health

Locations: Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Margibi, Maryland, Montserrado (Monrovia), Nimba, River Cess, River Gee, Sinoe