22 December 2014

Perspectives on the Global Financing Facility: PMNCH releases consultation report

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.

The full report of all the findings can be downloade here.