Health Financing Support for Somalia's National Investment Plan (NIP) for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Resilience


The WHO Health Emergencies/Strategic Planning and Partnership (WHE/SPP) team is embarking on a catalytic portfolio of work, designed to support countries with sustainable financing for health emergency preparedness, prevention and readiness for resilience (HEPR).

Work in this area builds on country efforts for the WHO and World Bank joint initiative on the Pandemic Fund. The Pandemic Fund was launched in 2022 to provide a dedicated stream of additional long-term, and catalytic financing to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness, readiness and response capacity and capabilities in low- and middle-income countries. The Pandemic Fund will not and cannot meet global preparedness, prevention and resilience financing needs independently; instead, the Fund aims to complement existing resources and to serve a catalytic role, incentivizing additional investments by countries, donors, and partners. In 2023, 179 applications from 133 low- and middle-income countries were submitted during the initial call for proposals by the Pandemic Fund, highlighting the scale of need for additional financing in health emergency, preparedness, prevention, and response. 19 proposals benefitting 37 countries were funded by the Pandemic Fund. These projects, amounting to $338 million of grants, are expected to mobilize over $2 billion in additional resources, incentivize increase investments by countries, enhance coordination among partners, and serve as a platform for advocacy.

Countries are being encouraged to build on the momentum from the Pandemic Fund and develop national investment plans. It is envisaged that national investment plans will simplify the complex global funding landscape by consolidating multiple initiatives into holistic plans for investment. Once developed, plans will serve as the basis for domestic and external resource mobilization for health emergency preparedness, prevention, readiness, and resilience.


Pharos was engaged by the WHO in October 2023 to support the WHE/SPP team and the WHO Country Office in Somalia with the financing elements of Somalia’s National Investment Plan (NIP) for Health Emergency Preparedness, Prevention, Readiness and Resilience, and develop interim guidance on the process as well as a compendium of templates, tools and resources required for developing a best-in-class NIP.

The project is organized into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Provide guidance and support the design of financing-related sessions for the National Investment Plan Workshop in November 2023.

Phase 2: Integrate pre-workshop research and analysis, workshop outputs and further stakeholder engagement to support the development of the National Investment Plan for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience. Support includes design of a rapid resource mapping tool, development of a costing tool to estimate the financial envelope required for Somalia to be prepared against health emergencies, and input into relevant sections of the NIP documents.

Phase 3: Based on the experience in Somalia, develop an interim guidance document on the process of developing national investment plans with a compendium of templates, tools, and resources.


The deliverables prepared by Pharos will help Somalia by providing essential guidance, tools, financial strategies, and a structured approach to mobilize additional resources to enhance Somalia’s capacity to address health crises effectively.

The Somalia experience and resources developed may also be relevant for other LMIC countries seeking to increase investments in health emergency prevention, preparedness, readiness, and resilience.

Status: Ongoing, October 2023 – Current

Team Members Involved: Maria Stavridou, Robert Hecht

For more information, contact Maria at [email protected].

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