The National Aid Policy, adopted in July 2006, demonstrated the commitment of the Government of Rwanda to utilise a Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) to ensure a more coherent and harmonised approach in supporting Sector Strategies. Building on lessons learned from the SWAp in education, the Government of Rwanda had established a similar mechanism for the health sector. In order to formalise the coordination framework, the Ministry of Health and the health SWAp partners had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2007. A pre-requisite for effective sector coordination was a Joint Annual Work Plan (JAWP). This JAWP was intended to capture all government and external financial resources, technical assistance and donations in-kind under the Health Sector Strategic Plan and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework. EPOS provided a technical advisor to assist in this process. The advisor carried out two missions, 6 weeks in total, between November 2007 and February 2008.
The technical advisor provided the following services:
Draft a Joint Annual Work Plan for the health sector, including the activities and plans of all key health sector players within the country;
Capture external resources on the work plan, whether “on-plan and off-budget” or “on-plan and on-budget”;
Analyse the distribution of funds according to funds on-plan and on-budget, highlighting distribution of funds by disease, region, and financing sources;
Disseminate the results to the SWAp Start-up Team and the Health Sector Co-ordination Group;
Provide technical guidance on the implementation of the SWAp. The technical advisor worked closely with the Ministry of Health SWAp co-ordination team, the SWAp start-up team and SWAp Development Partners, as well as well NGO’s and Faith-based organisations. At the end of the assignment, the Ministry of Health organised a one-day workshop with more than 120 participants to ensure national ownership and consensus about the JAWP..