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The Role of the MeTA Secretariat


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Presentation on the role of the International Secretariat of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA), May 2008

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The Role of the MeTA Secretariat

  1. 1. Garth Singleton Andrew Chetley Presentation of the MeTA Secretariat 04/06/09
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Outline of roles and responsibilities in the International MeTA Secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>International MeTA Secretariat Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures within the Secretariat. </li></ul>04/06/09
  3. 3. Overview MeTA Management Board (MMB) International Advisory Group (IAG) International MeTA Secretariat DFID WHO WB Funding MeTA Country Forum and Secretariat 04/06/09
  4. 4. International MeTA Secretariat Secretariat Manager - Elizabeth Smith Executive Director Garth Singleton Country Programmes Technical Assistance Communications & Capacity Building – Andrew Chetley Technical Director – Wilbert Bannenberg Finance Administration Logistics Knowledge Management Web site Capacity Development Private sector engagement 04/06/09
  5. 5. International MeTA Secretariat <ul><li>Terms of Reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate, organise, promote & support implementation of MeTA at Global and National levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Channel Technical and Financial support to MeTA pilot countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain contact with international and national stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity strengthening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise global & regional meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support MeTA governance structures. </li></ul></ul>04/06/09
  6. 6. Secretariat activities <ul><li>Technical Support to Country Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Support to Country Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Communications, Knowledge Management </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Society Capacity Strengthening </li></ul><ul><li>Private Sector programme development </li></ul><ul><li>Support to Governance bodies and regional / international meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Secretariat management. </li></ul>04/06/09
  7. 7. Planning Frameworks <ul><li>For Secretariat Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Inception period March 17 – June 30th 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for July 2008 – March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Year 2 Planning Jan – March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Year 2 activities March 2009 – March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>For Country Plans </li></ul><ul><li>According to Country timetable </li></ul>04/06/09
  8. 8. 1. Country Plans <ul><li>Guidelines for country plans to be agreed by MMB </li></ul><ul><li>Country plans to be assessed for technical and Financial Management compliance & approved by MMB </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £100,000 pa per country </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible e.g. initial 3 month inception plan followed by substantive plan </li></ul><ul><li>Secretariat to fund approved plans in tranches </li></ul><ul><li>Technical and financial reporting will be required. </li></ul>04/06/09
  9. 9. 2. Country Support Plans <ul><li>Inception period to June 2009 to enable Secretariat to understand country progress to date </li></ul><ul><li>Substantive support plans to be prepared for June – March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Individual country plans based on country requirements and funding availability </li></ul><ul><li>Studies, meetings, Technical Assistance visits. </li></ul><ul><li>To be approved by MMB. </li></ul>04/06/09
  10. 10. Communications <ul><li>Website – still under development </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters and Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings to share knowledge and experience </li></ul><ul><li>MeTA country information exchange </li></ul><ul><li>International conference late 2009. </li></ul>04/06/09
  11. 11. Civil Society Development <ul><li>Additional Secretariat Funds available specifically to help the development of civil development </li></ul><ul><li>Specifically focussed on strengthening country civil society organisations to enable them to participate in MeTA </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £50,000 per country over the two years. </li></ul>04/06/09
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  18. 18. Civil society support programme <ul><li>build skills in engaging with national policy processes, including the multi-stakeholder working groups envisaged by MeTA </li></ul><ul><li>build knowledge on issues related to access to medicines, transparency and accountability </li></ul><ul><li>build skills in methods used to promote greater transparency and accountability at national, district and community levels </li></ul><ul><li>build skills in the use of medicine price data and in policy advocacy. </li></ul>04/06/09
  19. 19. Initial plans <ul><li>Two international workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, in Feb 2008, in Uganda for groups in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second, in June 2008, in the Philippines for groups in Peru, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines </li></ul></ul>04/06/09
  20. 20. What next? <ul><li>Up to the national civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Over the next two years approx £50k/country available to support civil society strengthening </li></ul><ul><li>Could be for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National capacity strengthening workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping of civil society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coalition building – meetings, workshops, planning events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seed funding to enable civil society to develop positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange visits </li></ul></ul>04/06/09
  21. 21. But remember … <ul><li>… it has to be about engaging with national policy processes, including the multi-stakeholder working group </li></ul>04/06/09
  22. 22. Thank you! <ul><li>Garth Singleton </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Chetley </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel +44 1273 486861 </li></ul><ul><li>International Secretariat, </li></ul><ul><li>MeTA: </li></ul>06/04/09