Health financing is a recurrent item on the agenda of the GFF Investors Group. At the second Investors Group meeting, the financing discussion focused on issues related to health financing transitions and on trends in development assistance for health and for RMNCAH. At the third Investors Group meeting, partners shared their experiences with providing complementary financing while at the fourth meeting the focus was on domestic resource mobilization (DRM). This paper is focused on efficiency, namely achieving more with the available resources.

The paper uses the term “achieving more with the available resources” to emphasize that the objective of improving efficiency in low and lower-middle income countries is not to reduce the health budget but to make better use of available resources to achieve better health outcomes. The paper outlines the challenges and benefits of measuring and addressing inefficiency, using country data and examples, and explains how the GFF is helping countries to achieve more with available funds.