The Central Fund for Influenza Action: Lessons Learned Exercise

The Central Fund for Influenza Action (CFIA) is a multi-donor trust fund established in 2006 to finance urgent under-funded priority actions of the UN System Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (UNCAPAHI) strategic framework. The latter was developed around broad-based objectives that allow the building of a multi-sector partnership between Member States, the UN, the humanitarian community and development partners, to jointly combat the threat of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) pandemic and enhance global, regional and country level preparedness and coordination.

The participating organizations (POs) within the CFIA were required to enhance their preparedness capacities by engaging in well-coordinated collaborative interventions with national governments, NGOs and CSOs to advance preparedness actions in their mandated domains. The POs were also required to forge a country level coordination mechanism through the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system.

As part of its original TORs, the Management Committee (MC) of the CFIA commissioned a lessons learned exercise (LLE) in 2011 to assess the fund mechanism’s effectiveness and the contributions made during the implementation of this project in terms of achievements and constraints. The CFIA contributions to the UNCAPAHI’s underfunded priorities were reviewed in addition to the processes and procedures pursued in implementation. The LLE also examined the contribution of CFIA supported interventions to UN reform, including the CFIA domains of national ownership, harmonization, alignment, accountability and managing for results, all of which constitute the fundamental principles of the aid effectiveness agenda aiming to increase pandemic preparedness within assisted countries.

Following an introduction, objectives, methodology and coordination perspectives section, report findings are presented in seven sections covering the following areas: 1) Design, legal arrangement and governance mechanism 2) Contribution to Pandemic Preparedness and effectiveness of programmes and projects 3) Effectiveness of Processes in supporting Paris Declaration principles and UN reform 4) UN internal coordination; 5) Establishing similar coordination and operational mechanisms in support of aid effectiveness 6) Exploring mechanisms that can be used beyond the CFIA and 7) Conclusion and recommendations. The report ends with annexes and country case studies.

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