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Table 4 Responses on the importance of health policy dialogue

From: Perspectives on health policy dialogue: definition, perceived importance and coordination

Role of health policy dialogue Cape Verde Chad Liberia Guinea Togo
National National Sub-national National Sub-national National Sub-national National Sub-national
Ensuring stakeholder participation   Joint identification of problems and possible solutions   • Ensures stakeholder participation in planning and monitoring
• Facilitates collaborative and inclusive input into policy implementation at both the national and sub-national level
    Joint identification of problems and possible solutions • Joint identification of problems and possible solutions
• Ensures participatory approaches to health planning, problem solving and validation of action plans
Improving harmonisation and alignment • Achieving mutual objectives jointly with partners
• Serves as a mechanism for consensus building
• Promotes alignment and harmonisation among actors   • To have good quality, consensual and MoH-owned plans that are supported by all stakeholders
• Promotes alignment and harmonisation among actors
  • Helps harmonise approaches, rationalise resources and improve efficiency of the health system
• Improves coordination, alignment and harmonisation of actors and avoids duplications
• Enables multi-sectoral coordination
• Important in establishing a single framework for consultation, coordination, planning and monitoring of the implementation of health policies and strategies
• Promotes complementarity rather than competition among actors
• Identifies population needs
• A mechanisms to enable seamless collaboration
• Serves as a mechanism for consensus building
• Improves stakeholder collaboration and transparency
Supporting implementation of health polices • To support implementation of national health plans • To secure commitment to support implementation    • To secure commitment to support health programmes    • To mitigate implementation challenges
• To support implementation of national health plans
 
Continued institutional learning and evidence sharing    • Allows for contexualisation of evidence generated elsewhere • Is an avenue for institutional learning
• Serves as an information sharing forum
  • Facilitates sharing of evidence among stakeholders   • Continued learning and information sharing  
Providing a guiding framework       • Gives guidance to countries on interventions    
Stakeholder analysis       • Serves to assess stakeholder positions, including external partners    
Advocacy   • Advocacy forum for resource mobilisation     • Powerful platform for advocacy on priority issues