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Joint Annual Health Sector Reviews: a review of experience

Field of Expertise:
Health Policy and Governance; Policy, Governance, System; Health Policy / Policy Dialogue / Governance / Legal framework
Narrative description of project:
Joint annual health sector reviews (JARs) were established in the early 1990s as a way to jointly review the implementation of national health sector plans or to assess sector performance and to agree on actions to address constraints in implementation or to improve performance. While there is a resurgence of interest in JARs – as a means to improve coordination, dialogue, accountability and the like – there is also anecdotal evidence of fatigue.
One question is if and how well JARs help Development Partners (DPs) and other stakeholders to align their strategies, plans and activities with national sector priorities and plans. As a key objective of the International Health Partnership (IHP+) is to advance the alignment of international support to national health strategies and plans, the partnership requested a global review of experiences with JARs in low and middle income countries.