Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a consortium of partners, led by Palladium. The project’s HIV activities are supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In Cambodia, HP+ works to increase sustainable, predictable, and adequate financing for key health programs and to improve social health protection policy implementation with a view to expand universal health coverage and reduce reliance on donor resources to fund the health sector. The project builds on the efforts of multiple USAID/Cambodia activities and assists the Royal Government of Cambodia to increase domestic resource mobilization for priority health areas and ensure the effective and efficient management of resources. HP+ supports the work of Buddhism for Health (BfH) through a grant.
Buddhism for Health (BfH) is a local NGO, implementing development activities in Cambodia on a neutral, non-profit basis without regard to race or religion. BfH was founded and officially registered at the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in 2004. Since its establishment, BfH has been active in social health protection in Cambodia, dedicated to working with communities to enable the poor and marginalized to integrate in society through increased social capital.
BfH established the community-based approach to managing Health Equity Funds using Buddhist monasteries (pagodas) in 2004 in Kirivong, Takeo Province. At a later stage this approach became the Community Managed Health Equity Funds (CMHEF) to encompass all religious communities, especially the Cham Muslims. By focusing on issues that affect health of the poorest and vulnerable, including social determinants and aspects advancing social capital, CMHEF promotes people’s participation in local governance and creates accountability of local authorities and public health care.
Since their establishment, CMHEFs have proven to be stable structures that remained active during periods without external funding and have geographically expanded to new areas. The structures have proven resilient and flexible, have incorporated the national poverty identification process of the Ministry of Planning (ID-Poor), and aligned with expansion of the national HEF system. Buddhism for Health enjoyed financial support from the Cambodian Government, Enfants & Développement, Swiss Red Cross, People in Need, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a partnership with University Research Co.LLC (URC) previously, and currently through HP+ Cambodia.
Like many NGOs and CSOs, BfH faces resource constraints and needs to implement resource mobilization strategies to become a more self-sustaining organization that is less reliant on donor funding. HP+ Cambodia seeks to contract with an organization to implement a resource mobilization and financial management capacity assessment of BfH, and develop strategies to strengthen those capacities, quantify resource needs and mobilize resources (with particular focus on domestic and self-generated resources) to meet those needs.
HP+ requires two proposals: one covering an organizational assessment of BfH, and the second with a specific focus on resource mobilization.
It is anticipated that if the broad organizational assessment is accepted by BfH and HP+ the organization would then provide support to BfH to identify resource needs and implement resource mobilization recommendations.
The applicant will propose the approach and methods for the broader organizational and the more focused resource mobilization and financial management capacity assessments, along with the approach to assessing different resource mobilization strategies and approaches to implementation.