Final GFF Consultation Report

This blog was cross-posted from Dr. Andres de Francisco, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) consultation process was convened by the PMNCH to gather views about the GFF following the World Bank’s request to the PMNCH in October. The consultation was done in the context of the larger process aimed at updating the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in the course of 2015 and under the Every Woman Every Child banner. This is the first in what will be a number of consultation reports.

The report synthesizes the views of over 1,400 individuals and organizations who contributed to the consultation through a range of modalities including targeted discussions, side events at regional and global meetings, network hosted processes and direct participation through an online survey. Views were aggregated using quantitative and qualitative research methods. Input was received from across each of the seven PMNCH constituencies. The Consultation Advisory Group was convened to oversee and validate the consultation process, and to approve the final report. The CAG met several times and at each stage of the consultation process.

Hopes are that the report will be of value to the GFF business planning process specifically and more generally to support the updating of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, due to kick off in early 2015. PMNCH intends to remain engaged in the GFF process and, using its seat on the GFF Oversight Group, they plan to ensure that the recommendations of the report are given serious consideration in the GFF business planning process. The CAG will follow up at its next meeting on how the report will be considered and what kind of response they can expect from the GFF team.