The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a unique new partnership that brings together resources from implementing countries, international donors and the private sector to support the health of women, children and adolescents, in 62 high-burden and lower-middle-income countries. Launched at the Financing for Development Conference by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in July 2015, it brings a ‘breakthrough’ financing model to what has been a fragmented development-financing picture.
Over the course of a year, SEEK played a crucial role in the creation of the GFF. Starting in the summer of 2014, SEEK worked closely with the GFF team throughout the entire design and business planning process all the way to its launch. Following the development of the initial Concept Note laying out the GFF’s objectives, value-added and financing approach, we then supported a multi-stakeholder business planning process to operationalize the business model for the GFF. This included the facilitation of high-level workshops and meetings, advancing the technical design of the GFF’s in-country approach and financing model (including eligibility criteria, application process and resource allocation), support in writing the business plan document and in the development of the GFF’s governance and secretariat structures.
Our work with the GFF built on our previous work with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and others on strengthening the financing architecture for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, as well as our research and policy work on global health financing, including for the Lancet Commission for Investing in Health.
Subsequently, SEEK has also supported the GFF on strategy development and analytics for its resource mobilization in priority donor countries.