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Cross Sector Learning By Aubrey Cody
Recognizing the need and opportunity to draw out and share relevant and valuable lessons that are widely applicable across sectors, GHV is excited to be moving into new spaces beyond our traditional focus area of health. For example, we are currently working with a client in the land sector, exploring how to creatively and strategically combat deforestation through collaboration with private sector companies and national governments.
While there is a limited body of evidence for how market forces can shape policy change for improved environmental outcomes, public-private partnerships that mobilize the introduction and adoption of proven interventions, and ultimately influence national policy at scale, is a well-established model in the health sector. Increasingly, across sectors and contexts, companies are playing a more central and integrated role in improving the lives and environments in the communities in which they operate.
For this work, we drew on our extensive knowledge of the global health sector to identify synergies, common challenges, and enabling conditions for success. We applied these learnings to inform strategies for private sector engagement and collaboration in the land sector. The potential for cross-sectoral learning and exchange across the development sphere is boundless, and GHV is committed to supporting our clients to leverage and learn from the experiences and insights which are most relevant to their priorities.
Robust civil society engagement mechanisms are vital to ensuring that, from local to global levels, civil society organizations (CSOs) and actors are meaningfully participating, supporting, and working together with partners across sectors in policy planning, implementation, and monitoring. When participating in decision-making on equal footing, civil society can leverage their unique and wide-ranging expertise towards achieving mutual goals, including national priorities and global ones – such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
But how can we ensure civil society engagement achieves these goals, and what does effective engagement look like?
By conducting an in-depth landscape analysis entitled, Civil Society Engagement in the Global Financing Facility (GFF) - Analysis and Recommendations, which focused on country-level civil society engagement in the GFF, Global Health Visions was able to understand existing challenges and opportunities for enhanced CSO engagement. This landscape analysis provided evidence for civil society leaders to advocate with the GFF Investors Group for more systematic engagement of CSOs in the GFF. Building on the analysis, GHV then worked with the GFF Civil Society Steering Committee to lead a multi-stakeholder, multi-country consultation process to develop the GFF Civil Society Engagement Strategy, which outlines structures and standards for ensuring meaningful civil society engagement in the GFF. It also creates a framework by which civil society can hold itself and others accountable for transparent, inclusive engagement mechanisms that fully leverage the skills and expertise of civil society actors.
Understanding what tools are important to achieve success is critical to ensuring CSO engagement is both effective and efficient. By supporting and enhancing the role of CSO coalitions, engaging civil society in country platforms; and by championing accountability frameworks with civil society in the lead, we know it is possible to increase collaboration and ensure forward momentum to finance women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health- all vital pieces to achieving the SDGs.
About Global Health Visions
2017 was a busy and exciting year for Global Health Visions– a women-run and operated consulting organization. And 2018 promises even more excitement and growth. With the launch of our quarterly newsletter, as well as our new look and feel, GHV is excited and ready to serve our partners, equipped with a wide range of cross-sector expertise and passion. We pride ourselves on working closely with organizations to determine the best means to achieve their goals, recognizing that there is not a one-size-fits-all answer.
Our current roster of partners spans the continuum of organizations in the global health and development sectors. From larger private foundations (including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to international NGOs (Union for International Cancer Control,World Wildlife Fund, Women Deliver) to country-level non-profits (Hôpital Albert Schweitzer – Haiti), GHV provides comprehensive services to assist partners in their impactful work. We are committed to ensuring that our partners have access to an agile network of consultants that are creative, passionate, and deeply knowledgeable about global development– empowering our partners to maximize the impact of their work.
Global Health Visions works across a range of health and development issue areas.
We see healthy people and a healthy planet at the center of all of these issues, and we recognize the interconnectivity across sectors.
These primary focus areas include: