Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Global Financing Facility (GFF), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) have announced the recipients of the first round of funding from the Small Grants Mechanism to support civil society engagement, alignment, and coordinated action for improved women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health (WCAH), particularly in relation to the GFF.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) significantly contribute to improved health outcomes through inclusive and meaningful participation of marginalized and vulnerable populations, advocacy for increased service availability, equity and access, and their role in holding all actors accountable for delivering on their promises.
However, CSOs do not often have the capacity or resources to align priorities and plan effectively as a group in order to increase their efficiency and impact. The Small Grants Mechanism aims to improve civil society coordination and ensure meaningful participation in multi-stakeholder platforms to support national efforts to improve health outcomes for women, children, and adolescents.
With the funding from the Small Grants Mechanism, civil society coalitions from Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda will support increased civil society engagement in national planning for improved health outcomes for women, children and adolescents.
These coalitions will also work to increase civil society engagement in multi-stakeholder platforms, and support coordinated advocacy and accountability efforts for increased resources and improved WCAH and nutrition outcomes in their countries, particularly in those countries with ongoing GFF processes.
Funding for the Small Grants Mechanism is made possible through the generous support of the Global Financing Facility and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. Management Sciences for Health hosts the Small Grants Mechanism.
A second call for proposals for small grant applications will be issued in mid-2020.