Our Partnership

The GFF is focused on delivering results at the country level but it does this within a broader global architecture. The GFF is the financing arm of Every Woman Every Child, and the GFF is working closely with the H6 partners (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank), which are responsible for providing the technical and normative expertise to support countries, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), which has the lead role in advocacy and accountability.

This collaboration occurs primarily at country level under the leadership of national governments. H6 partners have been very active in providing technical assistance in the development of Investment Cases and health financing strategies in line with their comparative advantages.

Civil society organizations and the private sector have also been crucial sources of expertise and implementation capacity. In addition, civil society groups have critical roles to play around advocacy, accountability, and citizen voice and participation.

Another key element of the role of the GFF in the global architecture is the relationship with two key multilateral financiers, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The model of the GFF differs considerably from these two groups, but all three share a commitment to results, innovation, country ownership, and health systems strengthening, and these serve as the foundation for collaboration.

The GFF approach to health financing is highly complementary, as it takes a long-term perspective and looks across the entire health sector in an effort to develop a pathway to increased domestic resource mobilization and ultimately financial sustainability. Additionally, the sustained engagement with ministries of finance in the GFF process helps to embed these discussions in the broader economic policy directions of a country.

To support the work at the country level, the broad set of partners that are part of the GFF—including governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, UN agencies, Gavi, and the Global Fund—come together regularly at the global level through the GFF Investors Group. The group convenes several times a year to discuss progress and how to strengthen collaboration across the partnership.

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Private sector

Private capital flows now dwarf official development assistance, so there is enormous potential to tap private sector resources to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition outcomes. A critical element of financing for the development agenda is catalyzing greater private contributions with measurable outcomes, and developing private sector solutions for country priorities that complement public capacity, including through public-private partnerships and innovative financing.

The GFF private sector strategy seeks to leverage private resources, capacity and expertise to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents by:

  1. Catalyzing innovative financing mechanisms to crowd in private sector capital for women, children, and adolescents’ health in GFF countries;
  2. Facilitating partnerships between global private sector organizations and GFF countries; and
  3. Leveraging private sector capabilities in countries to deliver on investment case objectives.

In many GFF countries, private sector has an important role in delivering essential health services and products to women and children. Private capital flows now dwarf official development assistance, so there is enormous potential to tap private sector resources to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition outcomes.

THE POWER OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN GFF COUNTRIES: NORTHEAST NIGERIA

  • In the Northeast region of Nigeria, ongoing conflict has left millions of people without livelihoods, schools, and access to health services: Under-five mortality is more than 50% higher than in the south of Nigeria and malnutrition rates are very high.
  • Nigeria has begun reestablishing health services with a focus on maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, and psychosocial support and mental health. Following a successful pilot in four local government areas and 64 health facilities, Nigeria, with support from IDA and the GFF, is rapidly rolling out services to millions of Nigerians.
  • The project has engaged private sector firms and nongovernmental organizations to provide technical assistance and serve as verification agencies to quickly scale up much needed interventions. Funding and technical assistance provided through the GFF was key to the design of the project, the early results and the scale-up beyond the pilot—all of which are critical to quickly directing resources to fragile areas. 

Abt Associates

Abt Associates

Partner in: Global

Since 1965, Abt Associates has been driven by a simple mission: improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide.



Abt Associates is an engine for social impact, providing leading-edge research, consulting and technical services to clients around the world.

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MSD for Mothers

MSD for Mothers

Partner in: Global

MSD for Mothers is a 10-year $500 million initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth


US$ 10 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A key donor of the GFF and partner for financing, governance, and advocacyA key donor of the GFF and partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

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Philips

Philips

Partner in: Global

Royal Philips is a Dutch technology company headquartered in Amsterdam with primary divisions focused in the areas of electronics, healthcare and lighting



Philips represents the private sector on the Investors Group as an alternate member

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Civil society

Civil society organizations (CSOs) play an important role in advocacy, social mobilization and campaigning, as well as accountability and service delivery. Advocacy and social mobilization by affected populations is critical to ensuring accountability and strong national responses, in addition to unique insights into needs of affected populations and approaches to service delivery. Civil society is represented on the GFF Investors Group by Africa Health Budget Network and Jhpiego. CSO representatives are selected for two years in a process managed by PMNCH, which coordinates a GFF CSO group of approximately 150 members.

Africa Health Budget Network

Africa Health Budget Network

Partner in: Global

The Africa Health Budget Network is a group of African and global organizations and individuals already using or wishing to use budget advocacy as a tool to improve health service delivery in Africa



A partner of the GFF for the business planning process and for advocacy

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Jhpiego

Jhpiego

Partner in: Kenya

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University



Jhpiego is a partner of the GFF

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The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Partner in: Global

The mission of PMNCH is to increase the engagement, alignment and accountability of partners, by creating a multi-stakeholder platform that will support the successful implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health



A key partner of the GFF for governance, accountability and advocacy.  PMNCH is a member of the Investors Group

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Financiers

Filling the gap for RMNCAH funding requires the GFF to employ a variety of approaches to resource mobilization including providing grant funding linked to IDA or IBRD projects, and providing complementary financing to the Investment Cases at the country level.  Financiers listed here give funding directly to the GFF Trust Fund or have explicitly aligned their bilateral funding at country level with GFF Trust Fund investments. 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Partner in: Global

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the foundation aspires to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. We are dedicated to discovering and disseminating innovative approaches to addressing extreme poverty and poor health


US$ 275 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

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Denmark

Denmark

Partner in: Global

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and its overseas representations are in charge of Denmark's foreign policy and relations.


$4 million USD
A donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

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Department for International Development of the United Kingdom

Department for International Development of the United Kingdom

Partner in: Global

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, with the goal of ending the need for aid


£30 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A key partner of the GFF on co-financing and governance and financier of the HRITF

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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Partner in: Global

Public-private partnership with a mission to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries



The GFF complements Gavi’s work in-country, harmonizing financing wherever possible. Gavi is a member of the Investors Group

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Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Partner in: Global

Global Affairs Canada is committed to reducing poverty and inequality, supporting fragile states, building resilience and responding to humanitarian needs


CAD 240 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, advocacy as well as CRVS

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Government of Japan

Government of Japan

Partner in: Global

Government of Japan


$50 million USD to the GFF Trust Fund
A donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

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Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Partner in: Bangladesh, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with its vision of “Inclusive and Dynamic Development”, assists developing countries as the executing agency of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA)


US$ 190 million
A key partner of the GFF for co-financing, governance, and advocacy

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Norad

Norad

Partner in: Global

Global health is a key priority of Norwegian Development Cooperation as is macroeconomics and public administration


US$ 600 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

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The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Partner in: Cameroon, DR of Congo, Global, Kenya

A 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics



The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the GFF look for synergy and complementarity in their country-based investments. The Global Fund is a member of the Investors Group

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The World Bank Group

The World Bank Group

Partner in: Global

A vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank has set two ambitious goals: to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity



The World Bank (WB) hosts the GFF Secretariat and the GFF Trust Fund whose fiduciary arrangements are integrated into IDA/IBRD projects approved by the WB Board. The WB is a member of the Investors Group. 

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USAID

USAID

Partner in: Global, Kenya, Tanzania

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential


US$ 200 million
A key partner of the GFF for co-financing, governance, and advocacy    

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UN agencies and others

UN agencies and other partners support the work at the country level and advocacy.

Every Woman Every Child

Every Woman Every Child

Partner in: Global

The United Nations Secretary-General’s (UNSG) Every Woman Every Child initiative is an unprecedented global movement that puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030)



The GFF is a key financing platform of the UNSG's updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.  The UNSG’s office is represented on the Investors Group

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Family Planning 2020

Family Planning 2020

Partner in: Global

FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020



A partner of the GFF for the business planning process and for work on family planning

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Global Health Alliance

Global Health Alliance

Partner in: Global

The Global Health Alliance is an initiative of the UN Special Envoy and operates in support of Every Woman Every Child, an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the UN Secretary-General



A key partner of the GFF for innovative financing, engagement of the private sector and advocacy

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UN Foundation

UN Foundation

Partner in: Global

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including global health and women's empowerment



A partner of the GFF for advocacy and communications

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UNICEF

UNICEF

Partner in: Global

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, working with partners to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere



The GFF partners with UN agencies in areas of normative guidance, knowledge dissemination, advocacy and technical assistance that helps build capacity in-country. UNICEF is a member of the Investors Group

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United Nations Population Fund

United Nations Population Fund

Partner in: Global

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled



The GFF partners with UN agencies in areas of normative guidance, knowledge dissemination, advocacy and technical assistance that helps build capacity in-country. UNFPA is a member of the Investors Group

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World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Partner in: Global

The primary role of the World Health Organizaion (WHO) is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system



The GFF partners with UN agencies in areas of normative guidance, knowledge dissemination, advocacy and technical assistance that helps build capacity in-country. WHO is a member of the Investors Group

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