GFF: Recognise our critical roles, CSOs tell govts, investor groups, donors

November 8th, 2018

By Hassan Zaggi

Global Civil Society Coordinating Group for Global Finance Facility (GFF) operating in countries across the world have called on governments, the GFF Secretariat, investors groups, donors and other GFF stakeholders to recognize their critical roles in enhancing GFF processes and outcomes.

GFF is a global fund that is targeted at Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH).

The CSOs made their position known in a communique, a copy which was made available to The AUTHORITY, in Abuja, Nigeria.

The CSOs reiterated that they have come together to support the GFF as an innovative financing and partnership model for contributing to realizing all women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ right to good quality healthcare and nutrition.

According to the CSOs, for their roles in supporting and advancing the GFF to be achieved, the donors to the GFF, investors group, and Trust Fund Committee need to provide adequate resources for the civil society to fully implement the GFF CS Engagement Strategy and Implementation Plan, and roles.

The CSOs further called on governments in GFF countries and the GFF Secretariat to continue to ensure transparency of information and decision-making at all levels of GFF processes and also ensure meaningful inclusion and representation of civil society, youth, and affected populations in GFF platforms.

“We commit to continuing our efforts to engage in the planning, coordination of local and global initiatives, implementation, and monitoring of the GFF in a transparent manner, that meaningfully represents a broad constituency of CSOs, young people, and communities,” the CSOs noted.

The CSOs also vowed to fully leverage the unique value add of their group to enhance the GFF, hold country and global leaders to account, and ensure that it is used as a mechanism to effectively reach all women, children, and adolescents, including the poorest and most vulnerable, with quality services and supplies.

They, however, expressed optimism that “with strong, strategic engagement of civil society — and all stakeholders — the GFF can provide a unique opportunity to transform how these countries prioritize and finance the health and nutrition of their citizens with a focus on women, children, and adolescents.”

According to the CSOs, for the GFF targets to be achieved, there is the need to facilitate greater participation of people and communities in design, implementation, and monitoring of the GFF; ensure inclusive and transparent processes aligned with the vision, structures, and minimum standards outlined in the GFF Business Plan, GFF Civil Society engagement strategy and implementation plan, and guidance note on inclusive multi-stakeholder country platforms in support of Every Woman Every Child.

The CSOs also called for enhance GFF planning by providing technical assistance to multi-stakeholder country platforms for the development of country investment cases and health financing strategies; support GFF implementation by generating demand and ensuring that essential services and supplies reach the poorest, most vulnerable, and hardest to reach, as well as supporting the identification, monitoring, and evaluation of high impact low cost, equitable interventions at country level and also enhance communication about the GFF and foster opportunities for regular consultation with a wide range of partners, including local CSOs, youth, communities, local governments, private sector, health care professional associations, etc.

They also advocated for the mobilization of sustainable and innovative, progressive and fair domestic resources with Ministries of Finance, parliamentarians, local authorities, congressional representatives, governors, and other decision-makers; contribute to a multi-sectoral approach to health and support improved partnership and coordination with stakeholders across sectors, including engaging with other global movements such as UHC2030, Gavi, Global Fund, FP2020, SUN[1]and more at local, national, regional, and global levels to enhance alignment and efficiency, and to reduce duplicated efforts.

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