The International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+) launched IHP+ Civil Society Grants in late 2009.
Appointed in a competitive tender, Oxfam has managed The Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) since its inception in March 2010.
The HPAF aims to support southern civil society health networks and coalitions to become more effectively engaged in national health policy processes, contribute to the effectiveness of development cooperation and hold partners accountable for their commitments.
Eligible applications for the fund must come from an IHP+ country, which are to date: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, DR of Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.
Supported by the grants, recipients shall engage in dialogue with key policy makers from national governments and global initiatives. They shall monitor and analyse health policy implementation and hold governments and aid donors accountable to work towards universal and equitable access to health care, the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals and make development cooperation more effective.
The HPAF has advertised three calls for proposals since its inception, a first round in March 2010 and a second in January 2012 and the third, current round in December 2014.
The HPAF Round One
Round one the HPAF funded 13 organizations from 9 countries from July 2010 to June 2012.
The HPAF then secured further funding from the IHP+ to support 5 of the 13 organizations to continue the worked they started in their respective countries. Those 5 grantees implemented additional activities from August to December 2011.
The HPAF Round Two
Round two of the HPAF funded 10 projects from 8 countries. Projects were implemented from 15 April 2012 to 15 October 2013. An extension of HPAF Round Two from March to June 2014 was agreed with IHP+ subsequently. It included funding and support for five Round II grantees and HPAF management costs, as well as budget for a Learning and Sharing Event including the participation in an International Conference on Health in the Post 2015 Agenda in Berlin.
The HPAF Round Three
The Call for Proposal for HPAF Round Three was advertised on December 17, 2014.
By the deadline of January 16, 2015 a total of 104 proposals were received from 31 countries, 27 of them IHP+ countries.
Nine projects from nine IHP+ countries were selected and are currently supported by the HPAF, the majority of them will conclude in September 2016. For further information about the projects, please go to: ROUND THREE/Grantee Projects.