Maximizing Civil Society’s Contributions to Improving RMNCAH+N Outcomes: Lessons from the Global Financing Facility
Global Financing Facility
This commentary documents the successes enhancing CS engagement in the GFF to date, from the perspective of the CS Coordinating Group (CSCG) on the GFF. It also suggests lessons for other funding mechanisms to maximize the contributions of CS.
In the three years since the launch of the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF), the GFF has pioneered approaches to ensure that partner governments take full advantage of the potential contributions of civil society (CS) to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH+N) outcomes. 2017 proved to be a watershed year in the GFF’s framework for engagement with CS. The GFF and partners released the Guidance Note: Inclusive Multi-stakeholder Country Platforms in Support of Every Woman Every Child, which sets explicit minimum standards for transparency, inclusion and accountability in country engagement with stakeholders, including CS.i The GFF Investors Group approved the CS Engagement Strategy (CSES), and the GFF and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) partially funded its corresponding Implementation Plan. The GFF is currently developing Country Implementation Guidelines that will provide guidance for national governments and other stakeholders around the implementation of the GFF, after the investment case and health financing strategy have been developed and the multi-stakeholder country platform established; this includes leveraging the country platform to review and utilize data for decision-making and course correction, resource mapping, tracking, and mobilization, implementation research and technical assistance. We anticipate that guidance on CS engagement will be integrated throughout.