By Asmau Ahmad
AHBN Communication Officer
Aminu Magashi Garba of the Africa Health Budget Network and Angeline Mutunga of AFP/Jhpiego, civil society’s representatives on the GFF Investors Group had jointly presented the much awaited CSOs Implementation Costed Plan yesterday, Wednesday 8th November 2017.
The presentation took place during the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) 6th Investors Group Meeting (board) in Maputo, Mozambique chaired by Dr Chris Elias President of Global Development of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The implementation plan is a rider to the Engagement Strategy that was presented and endorsed in April 2017 at the 5th Investors Group Meeting (board) on the margin of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting.
The goal of the plan is to ensure civil society organisations are meaningfully engaged in the GFF, from sub-national to national to global levels, such that the full breadth of their skills and expertise can contribute to determining and achieving mutual goals and targets, including those laid out by the GFF and GFF countries, the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the end of the presentation Dr Elias commended the CSOs representatives for their leadership and commitment to ensure CSOs are fully engaged in GFF and Mariam Claeson, Director of the GFF also commended the duo and ascribed the progress so far for the CSOs engagement partly to the credibility of the CSOs representatives and announced that the GFF secretariat will contribute $300,000 to the plan in the 1st year (2018) and provide additional funding in the subsequent years.
Helga Fogstad Executive Director of PMNCH, a Geneva based international network hosted by World Health Organisation announced a pledge of $500,000 to the plan in the 1st year of 2018 from PMNCH and to seek its board’s approval in its December 2017 meeting.
In September 2017 at the United Nations General Assembly, the GFF launched its replenishment, with the goal of raising US$2 billion to respond to countries’ interest in joining the GFF. With US$2 billion, the GFF can reach a total of 50 countries during the next five years. Each dollar invested in the GFF Trust Fund, is catalytic and links to several sources of funding—domestic government resources, financing from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), aligned external financing, and private sector resources. This approach enables the estimated financing gap of US$33 billion per year to be closed. The World Bank Group and the United Nations launched the GFF at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015 in support of Every Woman Every Child, and as part of a global conversation about how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals.