Over the past two years, the GFF has created a new model with countries in the driver’s seat that brings together multiple sources of financing in a synergistic way to support national priorities. A key element of this model is drawing on the other sectors that influence health and nutrition outcomes, such as education, water and sanitation, and social protection.
Sixteen countries have benefited from the approach to date and many others are keen to join the GFF, but the generous initial contributions to the GFF Trust Fund from governments of Canada and Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and MSD for Mothers are fully committed. The first replenishment for the GFF Trust Fund is being launched to respond to the demand from countries that want to be part of the GFF. It seeks to mobilize an additional US$2 billion to enable the GFF process to be expanded over the period 2018–23 to the 50 countries facing the most significant needs—the existing 16 countries plus 34 new countries.
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The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has been tasked with facilitating the selection process for the Global Financing Facility Civil Society Investors Group Representatives.
The Global Financing Facility Investors Group brings together partners and stakeholders to mobilize the resources and institutional commitment of key investors in RMNCAH required at the global and regional level to optimally support efficient collective action at the country level. It is composed of representatives of the participating countries, donors, civil society, the private sector, and private foundations as well as international organizations and multilateral institutions represented by the Office of the UNSG, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO the World Bank, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH),Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Investors Group has the following functions:
1. Guide and ensure effective complementary financing of RMNCAH Investment Cases
2. Create enabling environment for long-term financial sustainability of RMNCAH and health programmes
3. Mobilise additional domestic and international (including private) resources and support to ensure effective financing for Investment Cases
4. Monitor performance of GFF as a facility and foster learning among co-investors based on country experiences
The IG is also responsible for appointing members, and establishing effective operating procedures that facilitate optimal interaction between the IG and Country Platforms. The IG can establish Working Groups as appropriate.
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a key financing platform of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy 2.0. It is a country-driven financing partnership that brings together, under national government leadership, stakeholders in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, to provide smart, scaled and sustainable financing to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. The GFF was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015.
The PMNCH NGO constituency will elect 2 CSO representatives. Criteria and process for selection are listed below. These representatives will operate for two years and will be responsible for coordinating with the wider civil society constituency and representing their views to the Investors Group. The duration of this appointment is subject to the Governance Operating Procedures which will be discussed at the fourth meeting of the IG (November 2016).
Civil society representatives on the Investors Group play a critical role in ensuring meaningful engagement of civil society is included in the all GFF processes and that civil society perspectives are captured in the content of the all of the work produced by the GFF. Civil society representatives to the IG are limited in numbers. The civil society representatives are also responsible for ensuring broader constituency consultation and undertake regular outreach and communication efforts around the GFF. There are 2 civil society members of the Investors Group with the possibility of two additional civil society representatives being elected as alternates.
This call for application is being issued on 24 August 2016 and will stay open until30 September 2016. Members interested in nominating themselves as potential IG representatives should submit a CV, bio and personal statement to email@example.com, with the title ‘Application for civil society IG representative’ by close of business EST on 30 September 2016 – see application instructions below. Applicants will need to meet minimum criteria outlined below.
Applications will be reviewed by PMNCH board representatives of the NGO constituency and current IG CS representatives. These representatives will screen applications will each grade candidates on the outlined selection criteria. Weighting attributed to the categories is also outlined below. The selection committee will duly consider gender and geographic balance.
1. Expertise in SRMNCAH – preference on the continuum of care
2. Experience in country planning and financing processes
3. Experience and expertise in development financing, including innovative financing
4. Ability to dedicate 10% time to the GFF and IG
5. Membership in broad civil society networks and communities
Interested candidates should submit their CV, a short bio and a personal statement clearly indicating how they meet the criteria and how they will use the IG to advance the representation, meaningful engagement and participation in the GFF process at national and regional level. The personal statement should provide an account of civil society networks that candidates will leverage to engage civil society more broadly. The application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the title ‘Application for civil society IG representative’ by close of business EST on 30 September 2016 to be considered.
Final candidates will be announced in October 2016.
On Tuesday, December 15, GHC hosted a webinar debriefing session on the most recent Global Financing Facility Learning Event and Civil Society (CS) pre-meeting around Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), which occurred in November 14-16 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The speakers were Monique Vledder from the World Bank GFF Secretariat, as well as Joanne Carter (RESULTS) and Mesfin Teklu (World Vision International), the CS representatives to the GFF Investors Group.
The mid-November meeting was a learning event to hear from the countries that have begun the process and seeing what has worked for them and figuring out how their experiences can be helpful to the GFF process moving forward.
The discussion focused on the country-level platforms and the experience and inputs of CS thus far. It was widely recognized that some challenges remain at the country-level with the main funders, but that the process has been largely country-driven. Both CS and World Bank representatives agreed that CS has been taken seriously and proved valued input.
The main uncertainties remain around questions of quality assurance at the global-level, although most stakeholders agree quality is a key component that needs to be tracked and measured. However, the country platform is at the center of the GFF, it is where the opportunity for CS resonates and CS can and should be included in development quality assurance standards.
The process has also differed widely for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in each frontrunner country. Limited exposure to, or knowledge of, the GFF process, lack of clarity on opportunities to engage in the GFF process, limited communications with CSOs have limited the robustness CS participation. It is important that CS representatives be selected by civil society in transparent ways and all stakeholders, not just CS must be held accountable to the GFF and to minimum standards. Financial tracking mechanisms are important to combat corruption and ensure funding is well-spent.
The speakers predicted that funding will be used more efficiently due to the GFF and noted that most GFF funding is newly allocated, not “old money” that has been moved around, particularly from countries that historically have not supported such initiatives.
CS representatives expressed that they have high expectations of both the private and public sectors to support the GFF and stressed the importance of having and following a multi-stakeholder engagement plan to ensure inclusiveness. They see the country platform as where actions meet light and foresee 2016 as the year that action will be at the country-level, with CSOs participating at the forefront. In general, CSOs need coordination support within countries as well as at the global-level, including communication with CS.
Overall, the Learning Event in Nairobi was a positive experience for both the World Bank GFF Secretariat as well for the CS representatives to the GFF Investors Group. The Secretariat aims to launch a website in February 2016, which will post regular updates on country progress. The frontrunner and donor countries have agreed on follow-up actions and have taken those back to the country-level ahead of the next GFF Investors Group meeting in February 2016. All stakeholders have had the chance to learn from each other and identify gaps at both country- and global-levels.
GHC will host another webinar ahead of the February 2016 GFF Investors Group meeting. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed and Events page for updates, and check out our new Webinar page to view previous discussions.