Report of the webinar presenting the option paper by UNICEF on " Innovative financing for the elimination of harmful practices"

Report of the webinar presenting the option paper by UNICEF on " Innovative financing for the elimination of harmful practices"

To close the thematic discussion on innovative financing, the CoP FGM in collaboration with the European Network End FGM and AIDOS organised a webinar on Thursday 1 December 2022. This webinar aimed to invite UNICEF to present to members of civil society the paper option  published in 2022 and to allow members of civil society to exchange with   UNICEF experts on what such a tool would imply at their level, it was also a question of discussing the national implementation of so-called innovative financing mechanisms.

On this occasion, two speakers. Harriet Akullu and Professor Zeljko Sevic were invited.    

Harriet Akullu is a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF. A sociologist by training in Uganda, she currently manages the technical side of the project to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM), in addition to supporting the 22 countries where UNICEF is active for this purpose.  

Prof. Zeljko Sevic is a consultant at UNICEF, for whom he develops a global strategy of innovative financing for the elimination of harmful practices (mainly child marriage and FGM). He specializes in research and consulting on public financial management, evaluation of development finance and mobilization of resources for development. This webinar was based on his document, written in English, which exploits the different options available in the context of alternative financing: “Innovative Financing for the Elimination of Harmful Practices”.   

“The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation” is part of the “Building Bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM” project, supported by the “UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM”.
The project is coordinated by AIDOS in partnership with GAMS Belgium.

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