Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) chaired the Panel of Endorsement at the launch of the ‘I Will Give Campaign’, led by CHESTRAD International and partners.
The innovative crowdfunding, impact investment and shared value platform, ‘I Will Give’ (IWG) is designed to mobilise domestic financing and resources for health and development. Bringing together partners from every sector, State, and community across Nigeria is designed to help mobilise domestic resources for health and development in line with the changing global context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Opening the Panel of Endorsement, Her Excellency Mrs.Toyin Saraki said “it has been clear for many years that the move from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals was going to be a move from billions of dollars in aid to trillions of dollars in aid, with $4 trillion needed each year, from 2015 to 2030 if the SDGs were to be achieved. Therefore, individual countries must be smarter with bridging the funding gaps.
Referencing her own experience of leveraging public-private partnerships to mobilise resources in North-Central Nigeria, Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki spoke of how WBFA delivered emergency obstetric and newborn care skills and drills training in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This programme effectively balanced each partner’s strength and mobilised each partner’s resources in a way that could truly transform health and development.
Closing her opening speech, Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki said “endorsements from every corner of society, from every State in Nigeria, and from every community are vital for the ‘I Will Give’ campaign, and for the successful mobilisation of domestic resources for health and development. ‘I Will Give’ is more than about mobilising domestic resources – it is about mobilising Nigeria to deliver the promise that we know we can deliver. Today, I Will Give. Tomorrow, We Will Deliver.”