who we are
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) was established in 2011 to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
GFAN builds on and brings together existing structures, expertise and experience that has been developed and gathered since 2002 in support of the Global Fund, working with advocates, activists and affected communities in the South and the North, as well as Friends of the Fund organizations.
The overall purpose of GFAN is to build a global social movement to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting and mobilizing advocates to communicate the urgent need, and demand full funding for, the Global Fund to maximize its impact.
- Year founded: 2011
- Individual members: 440+ (as of Jan 2016)
- Number of organizations: 240+ (as of Jan 2016)
- Number of countries represented: 76
To achieve this goal, GFAN’s objectives are to:
- Support Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
To empower and support GFAN members in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (including working with media) on global health and resource mobilization for the Global Fund.
- Support Action
To initiate and support powerful action of GFAN members at global, regional and national level.
- Build the movement
To facilitate and expand the membership network that constitutes the global social movement in support of the Global Fund, with increased participation from advocates and affected communities in implementing countries, current donor countries and potential new donor countries.
GFAN welcomes as its members all civil society organizations, Friends of the Fund groups and individuals that endorse GFAN’s goals, objectives and principles. Our mailing list is used for information-sharing and joint strategizing on the Global Fund. You will be invited to regular conference calls with colleagues around the world and be able to take part in our campaigns and to use the tools we provide for your own advocacy work.
We encourage you to be active members and to share your Global Fund-related information and campaigns, to use our list to proactively connect with other organizations and advocates who are dedicated to a fully funded and effective Global Fund, to promote our campaign tools and to take part in GFAN calls.
about the Global Fund
What is the Global Fund?
The Global Fund is a unique public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria in more than 140 countries.
The Global Fund is a financing institution and does not implement programmes. Instead, funds are disbursed to governments, international agencies, NGOs and private sector entities that take on programmatic and financial responsibility for the grants. Countries implementing these grants are also required to provide co-financing (called counterpart financing) to their national disease programmes. The minimum level that the government’s contribution should reach, as a share of total government and Global Fund financing, is set at 5% for LICs, 20% for Lower LMICs, 40% for Upper LMICs, and 60% for UMICs.
The Global Fund is financed through cycles in order to identify and obtain predictable, long-term and sustainable financial support; countries, private foundations, corporations and faith-based organizations pledge funding at a replenishment conference hosted every 3 years. The 4th Voluntary Replenishment Conference, hosted in December 2013, brought in an historic collective pledge of just over USD$12 billion for 2014-2016.
Visit the Global Fund website for more information.
Why is the Global Fund so important?
The Global Fund is the main financier of international efforts against all 3 diseases and has developed a strategy building on scientific insights that allow us to see for the first time how we can fundamentally change the course of the epidemics. As of mid-2014, the Fund had provided HIV treatment for 6.6 million people, had helped detect and treat 11.9 million cases of TB and had distributed 410 million bed nets to protect people, most often children under 5, most at risk from malaria.
Enormous but extremely fragile progress has been made at exactly the time as donors have been scaling back or failing to meet their commitments. This forced the Global Fund to halt funding for new grants in 2011 for almost a year and a half.
Aside from funds pledged at the replenishment conferences, significant resource mobilization is still necessary for demand that the Fund cannot fund and for domestic resource mobilization in the fight against the 3 diseases.
It is the fragility of the Fund’s success that makes it critical for advocacy voices to strategize collaboratively, identify common platforms to share information and to generally coordinate work to ensure cohesive, effective advocacy.
The Global Fund and Civil Society
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a multi-stakeholder partnership that fully involves civil society at national and international levels in programme implementation as well as in governance. The Global Fund presents an innovative model that provides civil society with the opportunity to develop and advocate for a comprehensive civil society agenda in the fight against the three diseases.
The Global Fund Board has three seats assigned to civil society. The delegations to the Board include: the Communities of people living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria; the Developing Country NGOs; and the Developed Country NGOs. Other Board seats are assigned to groups of donor countries, groups of implementing countries, as well as one seat to private foundations and one seat to the private sector.
Bill Bowtell – PacificExecutive Director, Pacific Friends, Australia
Joanne Carter (Chair) – North AmericaExecutive Director, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), USA
Rosemary Mburu – AfricaExecutive Director, WACI Health, Kenya
Mike Podmore – Europe
Executive Director, STOPAIDS, United Kingdom
Jaevion Nelson – Latin America & the CaribbeanMember, Developing Country NGO Delegation, Jamaica
Rachel Ong – AsiaCommunications Focal Point, Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, Singapore