Consultation: A Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child
On October 16, 2014, the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development jointly hosted a consultation on the recently-announced Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF). The GFF will serve as a financing mechanism to contribute to the global efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the quality of life of women, children and adolescents.
The meeting featured several representatives of the GFF's sponsoring agencies including Tim Evans, from the World Bank Group; Ariel Pablos-Mendez, from USAID; and Chris MacLennan, from Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; and was moderated by Rachel Wilson, from PATH. The principles discussed their vision for the GFF in promoting a more robust financing architecture to mobilize domestic investment, increase and coordinate international funding, and strengthen technical assistance to carry forward country-led plans for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). Speaking from their perspectives as representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, the panelists commented on the potential value of the fund, its proposed relationship with other international and domestic initiatives and funding streams for RMNCAH, and the role of the GFF in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be finalized next year. (Greater detail about the GFF's proposed objectives, activities, geographic focus, governance and principles can be found in the Materials tab.)
Representatives from more than 20 US non-governmental organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups attended the meeting and discussed ways in which the GFF's sponsors can further consult with impacted stakeholders, particularly with officials in focus countries and civil society; made recommendations on ways in which the Facility can be structured to take into account lessons learned and successful practices employed by other major global health financing agencies such as the Global Fund and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and provided input regarding the GFF's emerging priorities and operating model.
This meeting was one of the first of many consultations that will take place over the next six months, running in tandem with the development of a draft business plan, expected to be complete in March of 2015.