The Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) was launched by Oxfam in 2010 and supported by the International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+).
The aim of the fund is to support health organizations, networks and coalitions to become more effectively engaged in national health policy processes. Eligible applications for the fund must come from an IHP+ country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, DRC, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Grant recipients of the HPAF are required to engage in dialogue with key policy makers from national governments and global initiatives. They need to monitor and analyze health policy implementation and hold governments and aid donors accountable to work towards universal and equitable access to health care and the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals.
The HPAF has advertised two calls for proposals since its inception, a first round in March 2010 and a second in January 2012.
The HPAF Round One
Round one the HPAF funded 13 organizations from 9 countries from July 2010 to June 2012.
The HPAF then secured further funding from the IHP+ to support 5 of the 13 organizations to continue the worked they started in their respective countries. Those 5 grantees implemented additional activities from August to December 2011.
The HPAF Round Two
In January 2012 a call for proposals was launched and invited organizations to submit proposals by 28th February 2012.
The project technical committee assessed all the proposals received by the set deadline, and 10 organizations from 8 countries were selected. These grants are being implemented from 15 April 2012 to 15 October 2013.