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Guest Blog – Evaline Kibuchi: Speaking out in Support of the TBHLM

Evaline Kibuchi the Coordinator Stop TB Partnership Kenya on her visit to Ottawa, Canada to speak to Members of Parliament about the importance of Canada’s participation in the TBHLM.  Background Globally, tuberculosis (TB) claims more lives than Malaria and HIV combined. In 2016 alone, the infectious disease claimed about 1.7 million lives globally. The TB target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to end the disease by 2030.  This calls for innovations and accelerated advocacy to ensure adequate resources towards TB interventions that will realize this goal. The year 2018 provides a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for High Level advocacy around…

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Aid at a Crossroads: Where do we go from here?

In our work as global health advocates, we often say that we are at a tipping point – on the verge of finally aligning all the right factors to create important change. The imagery it evokes is inspiring and motivating and pushes us to work that much harder to reach our goals of eradicating disease, eliminating poverty, and achieving equity, just to name a few. But what we often overlook are the fundamental limitations imposed on us by the current understanding and practices of Official Development Assistance (ODA); we are fighting within the box and forget to think outside of…

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Grantee Spotlight: STOPAIDS

Through the NVF for GFA grant, STOPAIDS successfully built parliamentary support and strengthened the technical case for the Global Fund amongst British parliamentarians, DFID, ministers, and UK civil society. Working in close collaboration with partners including RESULTS UK, The International HIV/ AIDS Alliance, Malaria No More, and ONE, STOPAIDS have engaged key parliamentary advocates in promoting the Global Fund and have built breadth of parliamentary backing that provides a supportive context for ministerial decision-making and can influence approaches to grant policy. STOPAIDS successfully influenced party manifestos and secured commitments related to global health, human rights and research & development. It…

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GFAN’s report back from the Global Fund’s 38th Board Meeting

The Global Fund held its 38th Board Meeting from 14-15 November 2017 in Geneva. GFAN was invited as a Guest of the Chair to the board meeting and to attend the meetings of the Developed Country NGO Delegation as a permanent observer.  Key issues that were on the agenda for this Board Meeting included; Selection of the new Executive Director of the Global Fund Eligibility Resource Mobilisation and 6th Replenishment Evolution of CCM’s Loan buy-downs/Innovative Financing Various operational issues: approval of operating budget, risk, fraud and corruption policy Read GFAN’s full report from the Board meeting – this document provides an overview…

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Guest blog: Salud por Derecho: D2H agreements are a step forward, but the Spanish government must still live up to its’ 2017 commitment to announce a substantial pledge to the Global Fund

It has been one year since the Spanish parliament, with the support of all political groups, agreed to a non-binding-proposal that urged the government to return to being a significant donor for the Global Fund during the 2017-2019 period, and to announce a substantial contribution that should reach up to 100 million euros for this three years (2017-2019). This commitment however remains unfulfilled, and Spain is still one of the countries that has drastically cut funding for HIV/AIDS. Bilateral aid for pandemics is very limited and the cut in multilateral aid is especially significant because, despite having been one of…

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Grantee spotlight: Africa Japan Forum

This article is part of a series on the grantees of The New Venture Fund for Global Fund Advocacy (NVF for GFA), a grant-making initiative dedicated to advocacy for increased resource mobilization for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The NVF for GFA initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. International Civil Society Support (ICSS)—which serves as the Secretariat for the Global Fund Advocates Network—is the primary grantee and technical partner of NVF for GFA. As a technical partner, ICSS provides support to grantees by providing strategic input and coordinating with key stakeholders to…

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