GFF Investors Group approves Civil Societies’ Engagement Strategy


GFF Civil Society Engagement Strategy Public Consultation


Background and Context: Civil Society Engagement in the GFF

Why the need for a strategy?

As part of the public consultation process, we ask that you review the draft strategy and provide feedback using the survey link below, prior to March 13th, 2017.

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) was officially launched in July 2015 at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The GFF Business Plan sets out a vision and structure for the GFF, including how it will be implemented and governed at the global and country levels. It explains that the GFF is meant to be driven by a multi-stakeholder process at the country level, that builds on IHP+ approaches, with national governments in the lead and involvement from all relevant reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) stakeholders. Each GFF country (to-date there are 15) develops an investment case and a health financing strategy to outline a clear roadmap for fully financed and scaled national RMNCAH plans.

Civil society is a critical RMNCAH stakeholder with significant value, expertise, and skills to bring to the GFF at country and global levels, working towards mutual goals to end preventable deaths of women, adolescents, children, and newborns by 2030 and to improve their health and quality of life. In order to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a group of civil society stakeholders, led by the two civil society representatives to the GFF Investors Group, and the Global CSO Coordinating Group, began a process in late 2016, to develop a comprehensive, yet succinct, Civil Society Engagement Strategy.

Strategy development and consultation process

This strategy is being developed in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, and with input from civil society through a public consultation process, and will be presented to the GFF Investors Group for feedback and endorsement at their April 2017 meeting. Once endorsed, the CSO Coordinating Group will lead on the development of a time-bound costed workplan in order to implement the strategy.

Recommended pre-reading

Please see below for a list of relevant documents and tools that provide additional relevant information on the GFF and civil society engagement. The Civil Society Engagement Strategy itself does not provide detail on GFF governance structures and other processes, the history of CSO engagement in the GFF to-date, key learnings from other global initiatives and funding mechanisms with respect to civil society engagement etc., as much of this information has been well documented already.

Recommended Reading