May 21, 2023
How cooperation with FCDO has strengthened BACKUP Health: Learnings from the first three years of a unique collaboration.
In an increasingly complex and budget-strapped world, there is growing recognition that development cooperation can be more efficient and effective if development partners deliver their support in an aligned and harmonised fashion. The collaboration between GIZ and FCDO through BACKUP Health shows how this can be done.
October 29, 2022
WHS 2022: Happy Birthday, BACKUP Health!
In high spirits and festive atmosphere, representatives of BMZ, Global Fund, BACKUP partners, WHS delegates and BACKUP team members celebrated 20 years of BACKUP’s unique way of delivering technical assistance to the GF and other global health initiatives.
October 20, 2022
WHS 2022: ‘We can do it. We must do it. So let’s do it.’
Germany co-hosts the pledging moment for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2022-2026 strategy
October 20, 2022
WHS 2022: Health investments are smart investments
At a WHS 2022 session on financing and strengthening health systems, global leaders and politicians unanimously agreed on the urgent need to invest in systems for community health, as a fail-safe, high-return investment for stronger health systems and building resilience for future pandemics
July 18, 2022
The first Catalyst Dialogue – on global health architecture – featured at the 2022 Global Health Talk
The innovative concept of a Catalyst Dialogue - generating critical insights of high-level experts to inspire Germany’s global health policy - was tested in a panel discussion on 5 July in Berlin.
Global health initiatives
As a proactive member of numerous global health initiatives Germany contributes to strengthening health policy and practice around the world.
In an increasingly globalised world, the emergence of overarching institutions and networks that convene governments, civil society and private sector actors offers all of them a unique opportunity to jointly innovate health policy and practice in many countries at once. Challenges such as climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic have shown that regional and global cooperation is essential for responses to many health and social protection issues.
Germany is active and proactive in many global and multilateral structures. In 2018 it helped initiate WHO’s Global Action Plan for Health and Well-Being for All (GAP), to accelerate the worldwide efforts to attain SDG 3 by 2030. It is a major contributor to the main financing instruments in the health sector: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM); Gavi, the global Vaccine Alliance; the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF); and the World Bank Group. In the SDG ‘decade of implementation’, Germany supports these as well as UNAIDS, UNFPA and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) not only with financial resources, but with strategic contributions in steering and advisory committees, through secondments to their head offices and through focal points in partner countries.
To boost the effectiveness of multilateral instruments, Germany has launched global programmes, such as BACKUP Health, which supports countries in accessing and managing GFATM funds, and, jointly with WHO and others, P4H, a partnership in which countries learn from each other and coordinate partner contributions to their journeys towards Universal Health Coverage.
German development cooperation’s rich experience with supporting long-term reform processes can feed into the global policy dialogue, which in turn enhances German support to implementation processes in partner countries. The articles and events featured on this page give an overview of Germany’s activity on the global stage in favour of improving health for all.