Ouagadougou Partnership KM Assessment

K4Health interviews MCH Director Niger MOH

K4Health Program Officer for Strategic Partnerships interviews Dr. Adama Kimou, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Niger

Background

Although each country faces unique challenges in meeting the health needs of its population, within a geographic region, governments, civil society organizations, and donors can benefit from learning from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. K4Health partners with regional bodies to improve health in West Africa through strengthened collaboration, coordination, and knowledge management (KM).

Ouagadougou Partnership Knowledge Management Assessment

The Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) was created in 2011 and includes nine Francophone West African countries, donors, and civil society members with objectives to elevate the position of family planning in the social and economic landscape of the partnership countries, to accelerate the implementation of the countries’ family planning strategies and action plans, and to ensure coordination of donor investments. The Ouagadougou Partnership Coordinating Unit (OPCU) facilitates coordination among donors and member countries, as well as the sharing of information, progress, challenges, and successes among member countries.

In late 2014, K4Health conducted an online survey and key informant interviews with OP members. Analysis of results confirmed challenges already identified by the partnership with regards to knowledge management (KM), in particular:

  • Effectively exchanging knowledge on the status and implementation of the plans
  • Prioritizing the most strategic content and functionality of its new website 
  • Developing a mutual understanding of roles and responsibilities 
  • Effective communication, south-to-south learning, and exchange of best practices within the partnership

In response to these challenges, the OPCU utilizes KM approaches to enhance internal and external communications. The growing success of the OP has allowed the OPCU to wear many hats as the coordinating mechanism of the Partnership. They have focused on tracking progress and enhancing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) techniques, facilitating south-south exchange, sponsoring learning trips, arranging opportunities for technical assistance, promoting the OP globally to increase donor buy-in, and other countless projects to support the OP members individually and collectively.

K4Health has worked with the OPCU to provide technical support for their KM needs. Specifically, K4Health has collected region- and language-specific stories from members on the value of the Partnership in achieving positive regional and global family planning outcomes. These stories are posted in French and English on the Family Planning Voices Tumblr site, highlighted in a photo story, and promoted via social media to enhance global access to Francophone West African family planning content and by Francophone audiences.