Investing in Impact! Sustainable Financing for Women, Adolescents and Girls

Investing in Impact! Sustainable Financing for Women, Adolescents and Girls

Jun 05, 2019
10:30 - 12:00 PM

Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Room 217-219
Vancouver Convention Center
Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Much progress has been made over the past decades to ensure that more women and girls survive and thrive. However, this progress has been mixed, and millions of women, adolescents and girls continue to be left behind. New approaches, as well as significant additional financing, are necessary to reach those most at risk, ensure gender equality in opportunities and results, and accelerate progress to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) were created to introduce bold, new ways of addressing critical health issues in low- and low-middle-income countries. Building cross-sectoral partnerships and new innovative financing models the three organizations address the double challenge of boosting funding levels, ensuring long-term sustainability to maximize gender-responsive impact at scale allowing the needs of women, adolescents and girls to be adequately addressed.

Through their individual mandates, the three agencies work to tackle gender inequalities that contribute to poor health outcomes for women and girls, including through health interventions and multisectoral approaches. Each organization has developed unique ways to address the challenges associated with gender disparities in health while collaborating with one another to maximize efficiency and impact.

Please join us at Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, for a fast-paced, interactive session that will highlight how these innovative partnerships use their resources and catalyze additional funds—including through increasing domestic resources, private sector funding and expertise, and innovative financing tools—to support countries to achieve better health results for women, adolescents and girls, and address key barriers and structural inequalities. The session will draw on examples and lessons from countries and will feature perspectives from young people on the urgency of promoting gender equality and the health needs of women, adolescents and girls.


MODERATOR - Chris Dendys

Executive Director


Brenda Fuen Formin


HER Voice

Hon. Diane Jacovella

Deputy Minister of International Development

Global Affairs Canada

Hon. Ummy Mwalimu

Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children


Peter Sands

Executive Director

The Global Fund

Monique Vledder

Practice Manager

Global Financing Facility Secretariat


Dr. Monique Vledder is passionate about innovations and smarter investments to improve women's, children’s and adolescents’ health. She led the process to develop the GFF Business Plan and has served as the Program Manager for the GFF Secretariat since the establishment of the GFF in September 2014. Previously, Dr. Vledder managed the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund, which to date has committed $436 million in grants, linked to $2.4 billion in financing from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, for 36 results-focused programs in 30 countries. Dr. Vledder’s expertise in maternal and child health, health financing and health systems strengthening was built over twenty years of in country experience with a focus on southern Africa, East Asia and Latin America for the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and World Vision International. She holds an MD from the University of Amsterdam, a MPH in International Health from Harvard University and a diploma in health economics from the University of York. Dr. Vledder is a proud mother of two.

Sibu Sibaca

Youth Activist & HER Ambassador

Theresa Dzanjalimodzi


Girl Effect

Hon. Dr Diane Gashumba

Minister of Health


Katja Freiwald

Global Director Advocacy and Partnerships, Gender Equality & Enhancing Livelihoods


Michele Ganeless

Board Member

Comic Relief

Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao

Managing Director, Resource Mobilisation, Private Sector Partnerships and Innovative Finance