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Cooperation: Monitoring 150 projects in GIZ Hospital Partnership Initiative

Since 2018, GOPA mbH and EPOS Health Management have been conducting a complex evaluation of the GIZ Hospital Partnership Initiative, financed by BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. Many health organisations in Germany, especially hospitals, already maintain peer-to-peer links and working relationships with health institutions in countries worldwide. The Initiative aims to recognise and foster this engagement. By building up partner capacity, and facilitating projects, the Initiative enables the parties involved to put their ideas into practice.

During the evaluation, the GIZ commissioned GOPA and EPOS not only to take care of the evaluation, but also of the annual monitoring. This year, the GOPA Group consortium is monitoring around 150 different Hospital Partnership projects which range from preventive measures for rheumatic heart disease in Ethiopia, to dentistry in the Caribbean, to improving treatment for snakebites in Laos. Most projects are monitored by GOPA’s in-house monitoring, evaluation and learning experts, together with EPOS. This involves document reviews, a survey, and skype interviews with German and international partners. Monitoring serves to check the progress of the projects, and also to gain interesting insight into an overall evaluation of the initiative. The goal is to learn about the effects, challenges and success factors. At the same time, other important aspects are investigated: for instance, how partnerships understand and address gender equality, or ensure that operational costs can still be carried by the local partners after the end of the Initiative.