Parliamentarians are critical partners in the shared vision to advance global health and development, and in efforts to realize the political will, resources, policies, and programs necessary to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other health and development-related commitments. Further, parliamentarian engagement is increasingly relevant to accountability efforts at sub-national, national, regional, and global levels.
Global Health Visions (GHV), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, carried out a landscaping study to better understand how, and to what extent, the Gates Foundation and its partners are working with parliamentarians at different levels, and to gather perspectives on effective approaches. Charting a Path to Impact: Accelerating progress in partnership with parliamentarians was developed following desk research and over 100 in-depth interviews with Gates Foundation staff, external partners and stakeholders, and parliamentarians in donor and implementing countries, in order to capture, document, and better understand best practices and tools utilized in engaging parliamentarians, and in measuring the impact of those engagements.
The findings and insights revealed in this landscaping study are intended to inform investments in strengthening partnerships with parliamentarians at all levels to contribute to the realization of evidence-based policies, resource allocation, and to increase accountability at various levels.