The GFF is focused on delivering results at the country level but it does this within a broader global architecture. The GFF is the financing arm of Every Woman Every Child, and the GFF is working closely with the H6 partners (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank), which are responsible for providing the technical and normative expertise to support countries, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), which has the lead role in advocacy and accountability.
This collaboration occurs primarily at country level under the leadership of national governments. H6 partners have been very active in providing technical assistance in the development of Investment Cases and health financing strategies in line with their comparative advantages.
Civil society organizations and the private sector have also been crucial sources of expertise and implementation capacity. In addition, civil society groups have critical roles to play around advocacy, accountability, and citizen voice and participation.
Another key element of the role of the GFF in the global architecture is the relationship with two key multilateral financiers, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The model of the GFF differs considerably from these two groups, but all three share a commitment to results, innovation, country ownership, and health systems strengthening, and these serve as the foundation for collaboration.
The GFF approach to health financing is highly complementary, as it takes a long-term perspective and looks across the entire health sector in an effort to develop a pathway to increased domestic resource mobilization and ultimately financial sustainability. Additionally, the sustained engagement with ministries of finance in the GFF process helps to embed these discussions in the broader economic policy directions of a country.
To support the work at the country level, the broad set of partners that are part of the GFF—including governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, UN agencies, Gavi, and the Global Fund—come together regularly at the global level through the GFF Investors Group. The group convenes several times a year to discuss progress and how to strengthen collaboration across the partnership.