The Global Financing Facility (GFF), launched in 2015, and currently supporting efforts in 36 of 67 eligible countries, contributes to filling the financial gap for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) by supporting governments to prioritize WCAH interventions, align external and private funding and increase domestic resources for health.
Civil society (CS) has important knowledge, expertise, and access to a range of communities, which can be leveraged to make the GFF processes and outcomes in countries stronger and responsive to
country populations. Recognizing this, the GFF Investors Group has approved a Civil Society Engagement Strategy (CSES) and Implementation Plan (including an Adolescent and Youth Addendum) to support CS, including youth led CS, engagement in the GFF.
CS engagement in the GFF has steadily improved since its inception. The GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group hosted by PMNCH, provides support and guidance to CSOs engaging in the GFF at country and global levels and aims to align a broad and diverse CS constituency around common priorities, in support of the GFF and national goals. To date CS working groups and coalitions have emerged in some countries, providing a space for concertation and coordination. These groups have undertaken advocacy around investment case priorities, have implemented activities in support of achieving the investment case goals and have undertaken advocacy and accountability efforts in support of the achievement of investment case goals.
In April 2019 a survey identified budget analysis and advocacy as a key capacity building need of civil society organizations engaged in the GFF. On November 19-20 2019, the GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group will convene a two day workshop in Abidjan, to build the capacity of CSOs working on the GFF to engage in GFF Investment Case development and effectively monitor implementation of GFF-funded projects. Specific meeting objectives are:
- Improve the capacity of civil society focal points in GFF countries to engage in GFF processes;
- Identify and build capacity on proven approaches to monitoring GFF Trust funds and World
Bank loans/credits; government funds for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and
adolescent health and nutrition, and aligned development partner funding in support of GFF
The survey also identified peer-to-peer learning as an important aspect of capacity-building for CSO engagement in the GFF. The workshop will draw on the rich experiences of CSOs from GFF countries
as experts in the work they are doing. Where CSOs in long-standing GFF countries know the GFF processes well, they will be called upon to share their knowledge and perspectives with CSOs from
Participants: two civil society focal points (including one youth) will be invited to participate for each of the 36 GFF countries.