The Global Financing Facility (GFF) was established in 2015 as an innovative financing mechanism to contribute to closing the annual financing gap of US$33 billion needed to eliminate preventable maternal, child, and adolescent deaths, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The GFF supports governments to lead an evidence-based process with partners to prioritize and jointly invest in cost-effective interventions (such as family planning) and the elimination of health-system bottlenecks. In addition, the GFF supports the Ministries of Finance and Health in their efforts to use current resources more efficiently and to increase domestic resources over time.
The GFF is a partnership that brings together a wide array of stakeholders led by the government through the country platform. Building on existing mechanisms, the country platform typically includes the national government, civil society organizations, the private sector, multilateral and bilateral institutions, and foundations. The country platform oversees the development and implementation of the investment case and the health financing work, mobilizes financing for the priorities identified, coordinates technical assistance, and oversees monitoring and evaluation efforts. These activities are supported by the GFF Trust Fund, a multi-donor trust fund established at the World Bank to be a catalyst for this process. The GFF Trust Fund provides flexible financing to governments for the preparatory work and technical assistance required to identify priorities. It also makes grants linked with and complementary to IDA (International Development Association) or IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) financing to address key priorities. Of the 67 eligible countries, 27 are currently included.