The World Bank's Partnership with the GAVI Alliance

GAVI is the third largest multilateral in the health sector. It has a single-purpose mandate, to increase access to immunization in poor countries. The World Bank is a founding partner to GAVI and remains a major partner, particularly at a financial level by supporting operations of two major innovative financial mechanisms on its behalf. By design, GAVI itself does not have a presence at the country level and relies heavily on its partners, WHO and UNICEF, for planning and implementing country activities. While the Bank’s financial engagement on behalf of GAVI has been transformative, this review identifies opportunities for stronger Bank engagement in immunization activities at the country level, in GAVI’s governance, and in broader immunization policy discussions.