Muhammad Pate (center), World Bank global director of health, nutrition, and population. Photo by: World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA

LONDON — Civil society groups say they will be watching closely as the $1 billion Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents prepares for a leadership shake-up amid a global backlash against sexual and reproductive health and rights.

From July 1, GFF will no longer have a standalone director at the World Bank. Instead, the multidonor trust fund will be run by the bank’s new global director of health, nutrition, and population, Muhammad Pate, who is a former Nigerian health minister. Monique Vledder will remain manager of the GFF Secretariat, a GFF spokesperson told Devex.

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    Sophie Edwards

    Sophie Edwards is a Reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.