Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement in the Global Financing Facility: Analysis and Recommendations

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) aims to help close the funding gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) by serving as “a facility that harnesses the strengths and financial resources of a wide array of partners.” This paper seeks to outline best practices in MAYE from existing literature and other global and national health initiatives; highlight examples from several GFF countries to better understand existing challenges and opportunities; and make recommendations for enhancing MAYE in the GFF moving forward.

With more than 40% of the world’s population under 25, and almost half the world’s youth population in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, including adolescent and youth needs, voices, and insights in the planning and implementation of global health and development programs, including the GFF, must be a top priority.