Adolescent and Youth Addendum to the GFF CS Engagement Strategy
The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-30 highlights the importance of adolescent health and well-being as being essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. For adolescents to survive, thrive and transform their societies, the global community needs to invest in their health and well-being. Today’s adolescents are well-positioned to mobilize their peers, advocate for increased resources for sexual and reproductive health and rights, influence their governmentsto invest in addressing their needs, and demand accountability for commitments related to their health and development. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Society Engagement Strategy (CSES) and related implementation plan provide a clear framework for civil society organizations’ (CSOs) contribution to the improvement of health outcomes through coalition strengthening, meaningful participation in multi-stakeholder country platforms responsible for coordinating health plans and their implementation, 1 and coordinated action in support of the achievement of national sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) goals.
Youth and adolescent led organizations should use the CSES as the basis for their engagement in the GFF processes both at the global and national levels. This Adolescent and Youth (AY) addendum to the CSES outlines a deliberate approach to ensuring youth representation in the processes led by the GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group2 (CSCG) to ensure their meaningful and active participation in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their country investment case.