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Resources Now Available to Strengthen JLN Country-Level Engagement

Stronger country-level coordination and country-owned governance of the JLN is key to aligning technical priorities for international joint learning with in-country demand. This ensures that the work of the JLN is communicated and used by the relevant stakeholders within the country and that there is continued demand and interest in joint learning activities.

Recognizing that strong CCGs require all the right policymakers and stakeholders vital in the country’s UHC progress to be a part of the CCG and that these are necessarily busy professionals, the network is committed to strengthening in-country support mechanisms to alleviate the burden of participation and enhance country engagement. We are now pleased to share about two new opportunities to strengthen country-level engagement.

1. Bolstering support to JLN member countries through strong in-country mechanisms
The network now has access to ramped up support through the local World Bank country offices, and there are identified focal points in WB country teams for all JLN member countries.

The JLN will draw on the established team of World Bank task managers to strengthen in-country infrastructure and support. The role of the task team lead is to provide in-country support to help JLN members leverage local and regional partners to strengthen coordination and champion implementation. The list of World Bank focal points can be found here.


2. Strengthening assistance to Country Core Groups through support from part-time CCG coordinators
An effective Country Core Group is one that partners with pre-existing in-country platforms and includes both practitioners and policymakers along with other relevant stakeholders.

In select high-priority countries where country engagement requires focus, part-time contractual CCG coordinators are proposed for a duration of 12–18 months (and not to exceed two years) to temporarily help CCGs, such as when the CCG leadership and operations faces major challenges due to recent or expected transition, or when embarking on a major strategic initiative in the country. The proposed Terms of Reference for the CCG coordinators, finalized in consultation with the Steering Group, can be found here. The medium- to long-term vision remains that this role is internalized within the country-based institutions.

Number of countries to be supported
The plan is to provide a part-time CCG coordinator to up to eight additional full member countries at this stage. The prioritization process for countries to receive intensified support through a part-time CCG coordinator is based on two criteria:

  • Need: Limitations of capacity or transitions in the CCG leadership and reduced or low engagement in technical initiatives constrain a country’s ability to contribute to and benefit from JLN activities. Under this criterion, six countries have been identified based on need using a standard scoring system. 
  • Strategic Contributor: Two of the country assignments for CCG coordinators will be reserved for supporting full member countries that are uniquely positioned to leverage JLN resources for stronger results. 


Proposed Next Steps
As next steps, we will share a preliminary worksheet on the prioritization of the countries using the available data and content on country core groups. We seek feedback from countries to confirm the content of the preliminary country worksheets, as well as reconfirm country demand subsequent to the inputs received in the Steering Group meeting in April 2017.