Boost for civil society engagement in the GFF as costed implementation plan given green light
At a recent meeting, the Investors Group of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) endorsed a costed implementation plan for the GFF civil society engagement (CS) strategy. The endorsement was accompanied by a commitment from the GFF secretariat of USD$ 300,000 for work at the national level.
The goal of the CS engagement strategy is to ensure civil society organizations 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.
The implementation plan provides civil society organizations in countries (CSOs) with an operational framework to strengthen their engagement in the GFF process with a view to supporting the achievement of the objectives of the GFF and national investment cases.
The Investors Group meeting was preceded by a two day workshop organized by the civil society coordinating group. This workshop brought together representatives from 12 of the current 16 GFF countries to exchange learnings and develop work plans to outline their contributions to the achievement of the national investment cases and required support to ensure meaningful civil society engagement. Among priority areas of work featured were; domestic resource mobilization, community engagement, collaboration with the private sector and increased efforts to build the capacity of smaller local NGOs.
The CS coordinating group, which is supported by the PMNCH will now begin implementation.
The Investors Group meeting also announced the next 10 countries that the GFF will engage in. These are: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi and Rwanda.