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Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG)

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Valentine Buj
Lisa GOLDMAN (Sumitomo Chemical Inc.)
RBM Secretariat Focal point:
Pru Smith
Tel.: +41 22 791 4586
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Purpose/ Rationale:

The Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) works to align partner advocacy initiatives to meet the Partnership strategic priorities by identifying strategic opportunities and approaches facilitates the production and dissemination of advocacy tools and accurate information, and advocates for increased resources against malaria. Key recommendations are included in the Global Advocacy Framework (2012 Update).

Since 2007, the malaria landscape has grown dramatically, with an influx of new partner organizations, an increase in resources, and the launch of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). The MAWG adapted its workplan accordingly and contributed to the successes of the malaria community.

Now, as the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework draws to its conclusion in 2015, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are taking shape, the Partnership is preparing a new GMAP II to guide partnership efforts. The MAWG took steps in 2011 and 2012 to take up the recommendations made by the Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee.

In June 2013, to help the Partnership maintain strong global support for malaria control and elimination efforts in the run up to, and beyond, the MDGs, the MAWG and other key Partnership mechanisms organized a meeting on “Positioning Malaria in the Broader Development Agenda”. While the Advocacy platform must continually adapt to reflect the emerging Global Technical Strategy (GTS) and GMAP II, high level consensus was achieved that the Partnership must balance malaria control and elimination messaging, and make clear malaria’s linkage to economic development , in order to appeal to leaders across the development spectrum in the changing environment.

Subsequently, the MAWG has taken steps to reconfigure its Workstreams to better support the advocacy needs of endemic countries as the need for domestic financing of malaria programs increases, as well as continuing to provide unified messages for partners to engage on key issues including resource mobilisation, cross sector engagement and impact of malaria, MDGs and the transition to the SDGs for the Partnership which responds to the imminent transition from MDGs to SDGs and the need for greater message alignment across global health in general.

Functions of the Working Group:

Convene: the MAWG brings together a group of partners with overlapping advocacy targets and complementary priorities. As needed, the MAWG establishes Workstreams to mobilize and implement advocacy activities and ensure the maximum participation of partners.

Co-ordinate: by bringing the Partners together, gives a forum for the Partners to co-ordinate their efforts and messages around prioritized global, regional and national malaria advocacy opportunities and ensure relevance in an ever-changing malaria landscape.

  • The MAWG provides a platform for the development and continual refreshment of priority, unified malaria messages.

Facilitate Communication: by bringing Partners together, the MAWG is a forum for communication and mutual learning. Key functions:

  • Transparent information-sharing through the MAWG listserv, regular conference calls, and meetings. Serving as an advocacy resource/counsel to address emerging needs and specific requests from the Board, Executive Committee and Executive Director. (i.e. connecting relevant partners, providing feedback on strategies and materials that relate to advocacy, serving on relevant committees or task teams within the Partnership).
  • Facilitating capacity-building at country level for improved advocacy.
  • Working with other mechanisms, identify and promote key advocacy opportunities.

For further information please refer to the MAWG Revised Terms of Reference adopted in January 2014 following the 25th RBM Partnership Board meeting.

Reference Documents