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23rd August, 2020

The commitment of the Senegalese civil society in the GFF process


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Global Financing Facility


Established in 2018 through a participatory, transparent approach, the coalition of CSOs on the GFF (COSC GFF) has five representatives within the national multi-stakeholder platform, including youth and nutrition, thanks to an advocacy to the Ministry of Health and Social Action.
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The commitment of the Senegalese civil society in the GFF process

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Ramatoulaye DIALLO, CEFOREP

Established in 2018 through a participatory, transparent approach, the coalition of CSOs on the GFF (COSC GFF) has five representatives within the national multi-stakeholder platform, including youth and nutrition, thanks to an advocacy to the Ministry of Health and Social Action. The coalition has a very good collaboration with the Ministry of Health as well as the World Bank, with constant support from the GFF liaison officer, within the framework of the GFF project "Investing in the Health of the Mother, the Child and the Adolescent"  (ISMEA).

To sustain the gains despite COVID-19, the coalition of the civil society organizations on the global financial mechanism (COSC GFF) has developed a contingency plan as well as reach out series, response on the field and in the form of webinars. In the same context, the GFF has initiated at the global level a learning program which aims to support countries to keep essential health services safe. This program, which lasted four weeks, registered the participation of the Senegalese civil society and resulted in a country action plan that will be integrated into national response plans.

Within the COSC-GFF, several activities were initiated in 2020. With technical support from the CSO Hub GFF and financial support from Enda Santé Senegal, the action plan was reviewed with prioritized interventions. In addition, the CSO Hub GFF also supported the "NAFOORE" project led by the National Youth Alliance for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (ANJSRPF) in the regions of Sédhiou and Kolda. This project allowed to develop a community citizen follow-up sheet in order to ensure follow-up on priority 3, which is to improve the health of adolescents / young people via the multisectoral nature of the Investment File through a mechanism of social accountability. Through new innovative digital communication / E-Advocacy strategies, the ANJ was able to convey information and advocacy messages on the GFF process, and the maintenance of SRMNEA services at the start of the pandemic.

The COSC GFF also elected four structures  "Champions" (CICODEV Africa, CEFOREP, the Siggil Jiggen Network and Toi du Monde Senegal). Supported by Evidence 4 Action MamaYe / Options, the champions received training on advocacy strategies adapted to the context of COVID-19 in Senegal. This approach will help the champions to train and mentor their fellow civil society representatives and will provide them with the knowledge and skills essential to pursue an advocacy goal in the health sector.

Established in 2018 through a participatory, transparent approach, the coalition of CSOs on the GFF (COSC GFF) has five representatives within the national multi-stakeholder platform, including youth.