Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CCM: Nepalese Uniting For a Healthier Nepal

There is a lot of money flowing into Nepal in the form of aid. But not all the money reaches the targetted audience for whom the money was provided.
There is no shortage of NGOs asking for money from international organizations. There is no shortage of NGOs getting money from international organizations. But there is a huge shortage of oversight in seeing that the money that NGOs get is being utilized properly.

That is where a body like the CCM: Country Coordinating Mechanism comes in. 

In countries where the government is not powerful enough to create laws and hold organizations accountable, a body like the CCM, with the right balance of people, can fill a severely unmet need.  

For all intensive purposes, what the CCM does is provide oversight. By it providing oversight, it ensures quality assurance to Nepal's healthcare industry.

How would this practically work?

When an NGO would approach the CCM for funding, the CCM would explain it's expectations and desired result to the NGO. It would explain the criteria the NGO needed to meet to qualify for funding. It would explain the guidelines that the NGOs need to work in to achieve it's mission. It would assigns the resources and hold the NGO that it gives money to accountable through performance criteria. This performance criteria would be explained in detail in advance to the NGO receiving any money. And the CCM would explain the consequences to an NGO that doesn’t fulfill its responsibility and obligations.

The website of Nepal CCM is quite impressive. These are the principles that they are trying to govern themselves by. The CCM is designed to provide high level leadership to health care organizations with the idea of leaving the day to day management to the individual organizations themselves.

Nepal CCM provides oversight to make sure that valuable donor money reaches the target it was intended to in the healthcare sector in Nepal. In many ways it seems that are holding the NGOs based in Nepal accountable for what they are professing to international donor agencies.

CCM Nepal has an executive Committee composed of 33 voting members representing different sectors and constituencies; Government of Nepal (GoN), civil society/NGOs working in HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria; community organizations; the private sector; professional associations; research institutes, universities, media and international agencies including multilateral or bilateral agencies, international donors and international NGOs.

Nepal's CCM was created based on guidance from the Global Fund.They have created a CCM for every nation that is receiving internal funding.

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