As Dr Gro Harlem Bruntland, a former Director-General of WHO and first Chair of Gavi after its foundation in 2000, put it:
"Gavi is a merger of our comparative advantages that aims to deliver more than each of us can do if we go it alone.”
By maximising its partners' expertise, existing networks and facilitating collaboration to find new solutions, Gavi has brought a single-minded focus to its mission: to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.
Gavi's 'lean' organisation model that works through existing in-country partners is largely unique and contributes to its efficiency.
Rather than duplicate the services of the many players in the field of health and vaccines, Gavi relies on country-based systems and works with partners with widespread field presence to deliver its programmes. This keeps burdensome transaction costs down for implementing country governments.
Gavi is a merger of our comparative advantages that aims to deliver more than each of us can do if we go it alone.
Providing a single forum for each partners' unique perspectives has yielded a fertile ground for collaboration and innovation. Partners contribute to the Vaccine Alliance through participation in strategy and policy-setting, advocacy, fundraising, vaccine development and procurement, country support and immunisation delivery.
The different skills and experience mix has fostered new and better ways of improving routine immunisation, both in the programmatic and the financial spheres.
A true partnership has emerged stretching from the Gavi Board, where senior leaders set policies and principles, right down to the technical staff of partner organisations, who work together to support programme implementation at country and regional level.