Perspectives on the Global Financing Facility: PMNCH releases consultation report
22 DECEMBER 2014 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
PMNCH has released a report from its recent consultation process on the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child. This report has been developed to provide a timely and constructive input to the GFF business planning process, and as such, will feed in more broadly to the 2015 development of an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. This report is the first in a rolling series of consultations that will extend through early 2015 in support of the Global Strategy process.
The report synthesises the views gathered over five weeks from more than 1400 individuals and organisations who contributed to the consultation. Participants were able to comment on the GFF through a number of channels including targeted discussions, side events at regional and global meetings, network hosted processes and direct participation through a survey on a dedicated online interactive hub. Input was received from across each of the seven PMNCH constituencies and views were aggregated using quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The GFF initiative was presented in September 2014 by the World Bank and its partners as a new financing mechanism for RMNCAH (see sidebar for more information) and following an offer from PMNCH Board Chair, Mrs Graça Machel, the World Bank (acting on behalf of the GFF Working Group) requested PMNCH to conduct the consultation, taking advantage of its 650+ membership which is organized into 7 constituency groups.
The consultation process accumulated a rich collection of views over a short period of time. Some of the findings include:
- A high level of agreement with the central aim of the GFF to build long-term domestic financing for women’s and children’s health in the context of an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
- Strong agreement with the ambition to mobilise additional financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). The prospect of a new financing instrument was cautiously but generally welcomed.
- A sense that the GFF needed to become something more ambitious (more broadly owned and with wider possible beneficiaries) than a World Bank Trust Fund and that to be truly global it needed to have a critical mass of partners working together with shared ambition linked clearly to the objectives of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health specifically and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) more generally.
- A full report of all the finding and recommendations can be downloaded here
A Consultation Advisory Group (The CAG) was convened to oversee and validate the consultation process, and to approve the final report. This group met several times at each stage of the process. PMNCH will remain engaged in the GFF process and, using its seat on the GFF Oversight Group, will ensure that the recommendations of the report are given serious consideration in the GFF business planning process.