Dr. Christopher Elias, Chair, GFF Investors Group | Bio
Global coordination is achieved through the GFF Investors Group composed of partners committed to co-investment in the GFF. The Investors Group oversees the overall activities of the GFF. Its representation includes implementing countries, namely the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia and Senegal, and public sector financiers, the governments of Canada, Norway, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, civil society, the Office of the UNSG, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), together with the World Bank, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the private sector, represented by Grand Challenges Canada and Safaricom, and private foundation represented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Investors Group drives institutional commitments and agreements among partners on aligned financing and efficient resource allocation both within and across GFF countries. This entails building high-level support for the GFF and playing a leading role in mobilizing domestic and international resources (both public and private) for Investment Cases. Additionally, the governance mechanism is responsible for monitoring the performance of the GFF as a facility and ensuring accountability for results among the GFF partners. This includes ensuring that the GFF approach is well understood throughout the institutions involved and that country-based members of these institutions adhere to commitments made and agreements reached at the international level in their engagement through country platforms (e.g., with regard to complementary financing of Investment Cases). This also covers ensuring that the commitments to the GFF are, to the extent possible, additional and do not divert resources from other important areas. The governance mechanism also supports learning and innovation around effective and efficient financing approaches.