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Financial Intermediary Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response - Engagement and Overview

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Given the urgent need to step up investments to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to prevent, prepare for, and respond to future global health threats, and with broad support from the G20 and beyond, the World Bank Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR) on June 30, 2022.

As part of the proceedings, the European Union (EU) facilitated a hybrid donor meeting in Brussels on July 19-20, 2022, to help prepare for the establishment of the FIF. The meeting allowed for exchanges on the objectives and scope of the FIF and its governance and operating framework. Agreement was reached to further engage partner countries, civil society organizations (CSOs), potential implementing entities, and other stakeholders on the FIF’s design in the coming weeks ahead of its launch.

The FIF was officially established by the FIF Governing Board at its inaugural meeting on September 8-9, 2022. The new fund is overseen by a Governing Board, which will set the overall work program and make funding decisions. The FIF’s Governing Board includes equal representation of sovereign donors and potential implementing country governments, as well as representatives from foundations and civil society organizations (CSOs). This reflects the FIF’s commitment to inclusivity and- equity, and to operate with efficiency, agility and high standards of transparency and accountability.

Visit the new website to find out more. 

The World Bank and WHO will intensify their work with the Governing Board in consultation with CSOs and other stakeholders, to operationalize the fund and develop the FIF results framework and priorities in the run up to the first call for proposals later this year.


CSO Consultation for the PPR FIF

The Interim Secretariat for the PPR FIF is pleased to share with you the details, as below, of the official CSO consultation process on the FIF.

The donors tasked with CSO consultation (the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation) are working with the Pandemic Action Network (PAN), the Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organisations (EANNASO), Center for Indonesia's Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), and WACI Health to convene such consultations.

Two global CSO consultations were held on August 16 and 17, 2022. These first two sessions were focused on the topics of the FIF governance framework, civil society engagement, and the Technical Advisory Panel. You can find here a summary of the proceedings and key messages.

The next set of CSO consultations were held on August 30 and 31, 2022 at various times. These dates and times were set to engage partners from multiple geographies and in multiple languages. The focus of these sessions was the same, covering the FIF scope and priorities.


Background on the PPR FIF

The FIF aims to help low and middle-income countries strengthen PPR and fill existing capacity gaps in core domains of the International Health Regulations (2005) at country level, as well as at regional and global levels.

The proposed fund will complement existing financing efforts and institutions and will have the flexibility to work through strong implementing institutions, drawing on their comparative strengths. The FIF is expected to bring additional, long-term, dedicated resources for PPR, incentivize countries to increase investments in PPR, and enhance coordination among partners. While ensuring inclusivity, the FIF’s design will be underpinned by simple and agile governance and operating arrangements.

Engagement Period: Comments on the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention White Paper

The comment period is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted feedback and comments. We are sharing your comments below, except for those that requested confidentiality. See more on privacy aspects.


We are grateful for your feedback to the FIF White Paper during the comment period, which is now closed. To help ensure transparency and accountability of the consultations process, all feedback received has been made publicly available on this page, unless there was a specific request to keep it confidential. Please note we will not be able to provide written responses to specific inputs. Feedback has been incorporated into a paper prepared for the consideration of the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, which is public. While we review all received comments and recommendations, we hope that you will understand that not all comments and perspectives can be incorporated into such paper.

During August, we also continued engagement with CSO partners, recipient countries, and other stakeholders for inputs to the FIF’s design. Visit the new website to find out more.

Comment Contributors

Action for Animal Health Coalition

ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Africa Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Working Group on Preparedness and Response convened by PATH and Pandemic Action Network

Africa Frontline First initiative

AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami

Arush Lal

Australia’s Feedback on the World Bank’s White Paper

Binghamton University

Brighter Green

Center for Global Development (CGDEV)

Coalition for Preventing Pandemic at the Source (PPATS)
- Supporting Document 1
Supporting Document 2

Collective Service for Risk Communication and Community Engagement

Community Health Impact

Conservation International


Deborah Thomson

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden

Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Eurodad and 33 signatory CSOs

European Commission Services

Fiji Council of Social Services


Former Co-Chairs, members and members of the Secretariat of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Four Paws

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Frontline AIDS

G20 Health and Development Partnership

German Government, Joint Position
German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)

Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP)

Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP)

Global Health Technologies Coalition

Health GAP Global Access Project


Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response and its Secretariat

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Institute for Global Health

IntraHealth International

Jeremie Kasongo from Congo-DRC

Lene Søvold

Living Goods

Management Sciences for Health - Global Health Security Roundtable

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nuclear Threat Initiative

Olga Jonas
Olga Munoz

ONE Campaign


Pandemic Action Network - Review and Feedback

Pandemic Action Network - Summary of Priorities and Key Discussion Points

Partners in Health


Phoenix Zones Initiative

Platform for ACT-A Civil Society and Communities Representatives


Public Citizen



Richard Seifman

Robert Hecht, President of Pharos, Professor at Yale

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Sabin Vaccine Institute

Save The Children

SCI Foundation (Gabrielle Laing)


Transparency International


United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Government

United Nations Children’s Fund

United States

University of Leeds, Duke, Open Consultants

University of Oxford



Western University of Health Sciences

WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All

WHO Global Preparedness Board Response

Please note, unless officially included in a formal response, email addresses and phone numbers have been removed to protect privacy and comments made about specific individuals involved have been redacted.