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22nd July, 2018

Global Financing Facility @Three; Dr Mariam Claeson speaks to ‘iGO’


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Global Financing Facility


Since the launch of the GFF at the Financing for Development Conference in July 2015, the GFF has shifted from providing support to four front-runner countries (Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and the Republic of Tanzania), to 27 countries. The first three years of the GFF have been a time to establish our partnership and provide proof of our model
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Dr Mariam Claeson Director of GFF based in the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC reflects on GFF @3 years. Below are excerpts

Since the launch of the GFF at the Financing for Development Conference in July 2015, the GFF has shifted from providing support to four front-runner countries (Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and the Republic of Tanzania), to 27 countries. The first three years of the GFF have been a time to establish our partnership, provide proof of our model, define and start to generate results at country level.

The GFF model is placing countries in the lead of their own development, and takes sustainable financing to scale, using moderate amounts of GFF Trust Fund grants. What determines our success is not a process or model, but whether we are achieving results for the women, children and adolescents who are hardest to reach, and whether we are able to achieve results at scale. Our GFF Annual Report showcases what countries are doing and highlights the urgency to double down on our pace and expand our support to many additional countries with high maternal, newborn, child and adolescent mortality burdens that have expressed a need and demand for GFF support.

To support countries to scale and sustain their health financing and accelerate progress towards universal health coverage for women, children and adolescents, we need to look at the results to date, learn and course correct. The GFF partnership needs to continue to strengthen collaboration, communication and engagement of all key partners at country level, including CSOs; continuously prioritize the resources we have, ensure that these are directed towards those who need them most; and, continue to innovate on financing, and shift from a dependency on development aid to using development aid catalytically to mobilize additional domestic and private resources.

Our aim in the next few years to come is to expand our support to an additional 23 countries, and by 2023 support a total of 50 countries. With the GFF partnership’s support and the key role of CSOs -- giving voice to inequities in women and children’s health and nutrition, and ensuring accountability for results -- these 50 countries can go a long way towards ending preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children and improve the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents by 2030, while getting on track to sustainable financing.

 

Dr Mariam Claeson Director of GFF based in the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC reflects on GFF @Three. Below are excerpts