G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting Chair’s Summary, Halifax, 26-28 April 2010

Sectors : Quality of aid, Transparency and accountability, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Food security, Maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality, General health and health funding, International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, HIV/AIDS
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Commitments in: Financing for Development - Quality of aid

“3. G8 Ministers agreed that more determined political action is needed to deliver on existing aid effectiveness commitments, including greater predictability and transparency of aid, reducing transaction costs and fragmentation. They emphasized the importance of accountability to their own citizens for the effective use of international assistance.

4. Ministers emphasized that it is more important than ever to pay what they pledge on time and to shift the focus from inputs to sustainable outcomes. They renewed their commitment to enhancing the timeliness of their international assistance so that partner countries can better plan and budget. They acknowledged that predictable, more transparent and more cost-effective development assistance is within their reach.

5. Further efforts should also be made to improve the coordination of development assistance. Haiti’s reconstruction is an important test in this regard. Ministers reiterated the importance of using country systems to deliver international assistance in order to reinforce the ownership and accountability of partner countries to their citizens. G8 countries will continue to support the efforts of partner countries to strengthen transparency and accountability for their development results, including better legislative oversight, stronger civil society voices, effective institutions and public financial management – all of which are key to effective and accountable development.”


Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance

“1. G8 Ministers and senior officials responsible for development cooperation met in Halifax on April 27 and 28, 2010 to lay the foundations on development issues for the G8 Muskoka Leaders’ Summit in June 2010...

...2. Ministers met at a time when the impacts of the economic and food crises continue to affect developing countries. Ministers focused on three key themes: strengthening accountability and effectiveness of development assistance; improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children under five in developing countries; and accelerating food security efforts, including nutrition..."


Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“16. Recalling that at the G8 Summit in 2009, development partners committed to mobilizing $20 billion over three years in support of sustainable agricultural development, Ministers agreed to accelerate efforts to implement the commitment made at L’Aquila, including reiterating their support for comprehensive country-led initiatives.”


Commitments in: Health - General health and health funding

“13. In order to deliver these interventions effectively, Ministers agreed that health systems needed to be strengthened to provide integrated and comprehensive services at the local level. This would include access to primary care; equipped and resourced facilities; trained frontline health workers; and robust health information systems.

14.  Joined by the Health Minister of Mali, Ministers acknowledged existing efforts and commended those partner countries that are investing directly in building effective health systems in order to make integrated primary health services available at the community level. As part of the initiative, Ministers committed to support partner countries’ efforts to improve access at the local level through properly equipped and resourced health systems, including a skilled health workforce.”


15.  Recognizing that a vast number of interventions already exist to save lives and in line with their desire for improved accountability and better measurement of results and impacts, Ministers actioned the following:

• requested the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank to develop a common set of concrete goals and associated indicators, and to develop a common methodology to determine the most effective and affordable basket of integrated interventions based on and adaptable to country-specific needs and to build in-country capacity for these assessments;

• urged the WHO to finalize guidelines on training and the effective use and supply of health workers;

• asked the WHO and other UN agencies to work with developing countries to strengthen their health information and management systems, including through the use of 21st century technology to improve the collection of data on pregnancies, births and deaths;

• asked the WHO and other UN agencies to assist in selecting a concise set of outcome indicators to measure progress across regions and countries; and

• called on the OECD to work with donors to improve the tracking of investments related to maternal and under-five child health.”


Commitments in: Health - Maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality

“9. Laying the groundwork for a new G8 Summit initiative on maternal, newborn and under-five child health and building on past G8 commitments, Ministers agreed to a set of core principles for long lasting results, namely:
• ensuring sustainability of results;
• building upon proven, cost-effective, evidence-based interventions;
• focusing on the countries with the greatest needs while continuing to support those making progress;
• supporting country-led national health policies and plans that are locally supported;
• increasing coherence of development efforts through better coordination and harmonization;
• improving accountability; and
• strengthening monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.”


“11.  In terms of scope, Ministers agreed that improving maternal and under-five child health requires comprehensive, high impact and integrated interventions at the community level, in country, across the continuum of care (from pre-pregnancy, through delivery to the age of five), including elements such as:
• antenatal care;
• post-partum care;
• family planning, which includes contraception;
• reproductive health;
• treatment and prevention of diseases;
• prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV;
• immunizations; and
• nutrition.”