GAVI uses the principles set out in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness to guide its work
The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, endorsed on 2 March 2005, commits ministers, heads of agencies and other stakeholders in aid to harmonising their efforts and monitoring results using rigorous indicators.
Aid Effectiveness is a core tenet of GAVI's approach. The Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), the outcome document of the 2008 High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, noted that "global funds and programmes make an important contribution to development." Specifically, GAVI addresses each of the Paris Declaration principles in the following ways:
The Paris Declaration is an international agreement to which over one hundred Ministers, Heads of Agencies and other Senior Officials adhered and committed their countries and organisations to continue to increase efforts in harmonisation, alignment and managing aid for results with a set of monitorable actions and indicators.
GAVI provides support to expand access to immunisation plans. Such predictability enables countries to better plan and increases the value of the support. A successful innovative co-financing programme has significantly increased country ownership.
GAVI provides support for countries' own priorities as set out in their national immunisation and health plans. National immunisation programmes are the vehicle for GAVI support, which is audited wherever possible using the countries' own procedures.
By pooling resources at the global level and working through an Alliance partnership model, international support for developing countries' immunisation and health plans is better harmonised. GAVI also actively supports harmonisation efforts through the International Health Partnership (IHP+) and through its health system strengthening (HSS) cash support. To further streamline external support for health system strengthening behind national plans, GAVI supports working with national health sector coordinating committees (or equivalent) and joint annual reviews (JAR).
Managing for results
GAVI encourages a focus on results such as increased immunisation coverage. Countries receive financial rewards for additional children vaccinated, year on year. In line with the Paris Declaration, GAVI measures results using existing country data.
GAVI brings together its partners in the Alliance Board, which holds all parties to account for their respective responsibilities. At the country level, GAVI's approach encourages an inclusive partnership. Providing information on aid flows is also a part of this commitment. GAVI transparently reports fund flows on its website and to the OECD data base, and is a founding partner of the International Aid Transparency Initiative.