The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) and JCIE/Japan co-hosted the third in a series of seminars related to the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF). This session examined the impact that the GFF has had to date through a case study of GFF’s work in Cambodia to improve nutrition. The seminar was held to build greater awareness of the work of GFF ahead of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, scheduled to be held in Tokyo on December 7–11, 2021.
Her Excellency Dr. Prak Sophonneary, undersecretary of state of the Ministry of Health from the Royal Government of Cambodia, joined as a featured speaker. As the Deputy Project Coordinator of the Cambodia Nutrition Project and Former Director of the National Nutrition Program, H.E. Sophonneary shared her first-hand experiences with the GFF’s work and its impact on the ground in the area of nutrition.
H.E. Sophonneary was joined by Anne Provo, nutrition specialist at the World Bank, who provided the Bank’s perspectives on the role of the GFF, and Leslie Elder from the GFF, who oversees projects in Cambodia and Vietnam as senior nutrition specialist.
More than 40 policymakers and experts from government, academia, and development agencies of Japan, as well as from civil society and international organizations, participated to deepen their understanding of how the GFF works with the Cambodian government, international organizations, NGOs, and other groups to strengthen maternal and children’s health through the improvement of nutrition.
More details on the outcome of the discussion will be posted here in the coming weeks, along with a full report on the GFF.