185716 Female genital mutilation/cutting worldwide: What are donors doing?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 12:30 PM

Susan Gibbs , Wallace Global Fund, Washington, DC
Although national governments, UN organizations, NGOs and donors all have worked to abolish

the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting for decades, very little has been achieved. Examinations of prevalence across two generations of women in Africa show that the problem has not decreased over the last 20-30 years. This presentation will highlights the results of a survey conducted in collaboration with the Donors Working Group on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on the funding community's efforts to accelerate FGM/C abandonment. The Donor's Working Group is a network of public and private agencies from around the world that include in their strategy the provision of funding for efforts to end FGM/C. Its members approach this strategic direction with a wide range of concerns, priorities, and strategies but share the common desire to enhance their effectiveness as donors.

A number of donors have recently increased their efforts to combat FGM/C. The Donors Working Group recently developed a blueprint entitled “Toward a Common Framework for the Abandonment of FGM/C” in hopes of luring more funders into the fold. UNICEF has estimated that $240 million over 10 years will be needed to achieve a major reduction in FGM/C prevalence by 2015. Survey data will be summarized from 20 bilateral, multilateral and private foundation donors, providing information on how much money is being invested in FGM/C eradication efforts, future funding forecasts, funding frameworks and assumptions, program approaches prioritized, geographic coverage, and challenges and opportunities in donor collaboration and coordination.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the mission of the bilateral and multilateral donors and private foundations that comprise the Donors Working Group. 2. Articulate the funding strategies of various groups and the Donors Working Group as a whole. 3. Describe the overall FGM/C eradication efforts and frameworks used by members of the group.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am involved in research on female genital cutting for the Wallace Global Fund.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.