2:30—4:00 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
62 Buckingham Gate
5th Floor
London, LND SW1E 6AJ

Bridging Financing Gaps for Greater Health Equity and Impact: The 2018 Global Financing Facility Annual Report

Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility
Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria (tbc)
Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children UK 
Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Claire Moran, Head of Human Development, Department for International Development UK
Kalipso Chalkidou, Director Global Health Policy & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Every year, in 50 countries across the world, more than 5 million mothers and children die from preventable conditions and their economies lose billions of dollars to poor health and nutrition. Inadequate funding is one of the reasons for the slow progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched in Addis Ababa in July 2015, the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) is driving new approaches to financing. It strives to recognize that countries themselves are the engines of progress and that the role of external assistance is to support countries both to get more results from the existing resources and to increase the total volume of financing. It accomplishes these goals by increasing efficiency, mobilizing public domestic resources, linking and aligning concessional financing and external resources, and leveraging the private sector. 
To understand the GFF model, discuss its direction and reflect on challenges so far and ways of addressing these, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the GFF invite you to the launch of the GFF’s annual report in London. Through a series of presentations and a moderated panel discussion, we will highlight some of the report’s key findings as well as the results of a new impact assessment, offering participants an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion. 
With the success that the GFF has already achieved, and an upcoming replenishment moment in November, the event provides an opportune time to consider past lessons learned and evaluate the GFF’s potential future impact. 
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