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Opinion Piece Highlights 3 Opportunities To Strengthen Multilateral Support For Global Public Goods

Devex: Opinion: 3 ways to strengthen multilateral cooperation on global public goods
Jessica Kraus, senior consultant at SEEK Development; Nina Schwalbe, founder and principal at Spark Street Consulting; Gavin Yamey, professor of global health and public policy at Duke University; and Sara Fewer, co-director of the Evidence to Policy Initiative at the University of California

“Last month, 11 multilateral organizations committed to a new Global Action Plan to increase alignment and coordination toward the health-related Sustainable Development Goals at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany. This plan is encouraging — particularly its call to strengthen global public goods for health, also known as GPGs. … In a new policy paper, we’ve examined the potential support for GPGs from four organizations that provide the most development assistance for health: Gavi, the Global Fund, World Bank, and World Health Organization. … Here are the opportunities we’ve identified: Opportunity 1: Improve the production, quality, and use of health data … Opportunity 2: Accelerate the development and access to health technologies in low- and middle-income countries … Opportunity 3: Strengthen global health security, particularly epidemic and pandemic preparedness … As these organizations and others work to operationalize the Global Action Plan, they can build upon their shared interest in three essential GPGs: health data, development and access to health technologies, and health security…” (11/23).