FCAA Connect Webinar: Building Support for National-level Health Advocacy

Tuesday, 15 December 9 am ET

The success of universal health coverage (UHC) and health-related Sustainable Development Goals is dependent upon the ability of civil society to enhance and expand its role as advocates, monitors, and implementers, particularly at national and country levels. Within the sphere of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, advocacy has been a key driver of resource mobilization, equitable delivery of services, ensuring the quality and consistency of care, and the promotion and protection of human rights.  And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic only serves to further highlight the essential role of communities and civil society in mobilization for health access and human rights protection.

Yet, civil society advocacy is consistently underfunded, undervalued and inadequately evaluated – particularly at national and local levels.

Such resources cannot come from domestic governments, as the funding must be independent in order for advocates to work effectively and hold their national and local governments accountable in delivering on the right to health. Resources for advocacy for health therefore is an essential component of international public and private financing.

To help address this challenge, the Joep Lange Institute (JLI) is coordinating a convening process to discuss the value of national level health advocacy, the need for sustainable funding and potential for pooled resource mobilization to support this work. The process will bring together public and private donors, civil society leadership from around the world, and representatives from multilateral institutions.

Convened in partnership by FCAA, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, Human Rights Funders Network, and the Global Philanthropy Project, this webinar aims to discuss this new project as well as to broaden the input and engagement in these discussions by funding organizations across global health, development and rights-based grantmaking. 

Panelists to include the project’s Co-Chairs:

  • Marja Esveld, Deputy Head of Health for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Allan Maleche, Executive Director of KELIN in Kenya.

This webinar is limited to representatives of funding and philanthropy-serving organizations.

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