Global Financing Facility: Investing In People

Global Financing Facility: Investing In People

Oct 11, 2018
05:30 - 07:30 PM

Westin-Bali International Convention Center
Nusantara 3

Accelerating progress on human capital investments now is crucial to ensuring countries can compete in the 21st century. 
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child, the health financing platform for the World Bank’s Human Capital Project, is currently working in 27 countries to close the financing gap for women, children and adolescents’ health and nutrition. With promising early progress in countries and skyrocketing demand for GFF support, the GFF is aiming to expand to a total of 50 countries with the greatest health and nutrition needs over the next five years. 
Please join us for discussion at the World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss how investments in the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents can accelerate progress and save lives today, while helping countries build human capital for the future.  
Some of the speakers that will be joining us for the event include: 

  • Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS 
  • Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF 
  • Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
  • Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank 
  • William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance, Canada 
  • Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children

With representatives from Indonesia, Rwanda, and Senegal (invited)

The event will be webcast at

To attend this event, you must be registered for the World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings. Guest registration requests can be submitted online at before Oct. 1


Melinda Gates


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Along with Bill, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world.

Through her work at the foundation over the last fifteen years, Melinda has seen first-hand that empowering women and girls can bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. In 2012, Melinda spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, which adopted the goal of delivering contraceptives to an additional 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. Her work has led her to increasingly focus on gender equity as a path to meaningful change.

The second of four children, Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business in 1987.

After joining Microsoft Corp. that year, she distinguished herself as a leader in the development of multimedia products and was later appointed Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.

Melinda lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, Washington.

Kristalina Georgieva


World Bank Group