RESEARCH BRIEF Effective Civil Society-led Strategies for Increasing Domestic Resource Mobilization for AIDS, TB and Malaria in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesFebruary 2018 read more
Effective Civil Society-led Strategies for Increasing Domestic Resource
Mobilization for AIDS, TB and Malaria in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Human Rights and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and MalariaJanuary 2018 read more
Publisher: Health and Human Rights Journal
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to greatly expand access to basic services to address the three diseases in its name. From its beginnings, its governance embodied some human rights principles: civil society is represented on its board, and the country coordination mechanisms that oversee funding requests to the Global Fund include representatives of people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund’s core strategies recognize that the health services it supports would not be effective or cost-effective without efforts to reduce human rights-related barriers to access and utilization of health services, particularly those faced by socially marginalized and criminalized persons. Basic human rights elements were written into Global Fund grant agreements, and various technical support measures encouraged the inclusion in funding requests of programs to reduce human rights-related barriers. A five-year initiative to provide intensive technical and financial support for the scaling up of programs to reduce these barriers in 20 countries is ongoing.
Netherlands – Multilateral Scorecard ReviewOctober 2017 read more
Publisher: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Het Global Fund heeft een helder mandaat en speelt een belangrijke rol in het behalen van de gezondheid gerelateerde SDG’s. De nieuwe strategie (2017-2022), waarin beleidsprioriteiten helder zijn geformuleerd, sluit hierbij aan. Bestuurs- en beheersorganen, het evaluatiesysteem, het financieel beheer en corruptiebestrijding zijn goed opgezet. Het Global Fund is een lerende en vernieuwende organisatie, wat onder andere blijkt uit het toepassen van bevindingen uit evaluaties. De organisatie is een bijzonder wereldwijd partnerschap en werkt nauw samen met multilaterale en bilaterale instellingen, overheden, NGO’s, private sector en de doelgroep.
(The Global Fund scored 3s & 4s on a scale of 1-4)
Raising the standard: the Multilateral Development Review 2016October 2017 read more
Publisher: UK Department for International Development
The Multilateral Development Review is a detailed assessment of how the multilateral system performs. It examined every agency which receives more than £1 million of annual core funding from DFID, asked how their work aligns with UK development and humanitarian objectives, and assessed the quality of their organisational performance.
Organisations including the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Global Fund) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (known as Gavi), are achieving exceptional results. The successful performance of the Global Fund in this Multilateral Development Review fed directly into the UK’s decision to increase funding from £800 million to £1.1 billion for 2017-2019.
The Global Fund needs to constantly keep improving efficiency and impact and strengthening wider health partnerships. The Global Fund’s performance depends on in-country partners, particularly for strengthening health systems, so getting these relationships right is crucial. Future success requires the Global Fund to further prioritise resources for greatest impact in lower income countries with a high disease burden, transition out of funding higher income countries and take forward new approaches in fragile states. Management of programmatic risk is another important reform priority. Attention to girls and women has improved since the 2013 MAR Update and programming now needs to drive impact on the ground.
Strengthening Community, Rights, and Gender Concepts for Communities and Civil Society on Country Coordinating Mechanisms Guidance Tool
This Guidance Tool is meant for civil society and community members of Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to build their capacities on community engagement, human rights, and gender equality in relation to meaningful country dialogues, planning and budgeting, and program design in Concept Note submissions to the Global Fund.
Progress in Peril? The Changing Landscape of Global Health Financing
The global health landscape changed dramatically after the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. New financing mechanisms were created to channel funding from high-income governments and philanthropists towards the most solvable global health challenges, resulting in dramatically improved health outcomes around the world. That success has made a new level of ambition possible—the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) commitment to health for all—and new approaches to health finance are possible as well, including scaled-up domestic investments by middle-income countries. Our review of the new global health financing landscape suggests that at least 24 countries are likely to face significant changes in their ability to access external funding to priority health areas in the next 5 years, and that unless those changes are proactively managed and coordinated, the human toll could be dramatic. Our ability to maintain the health gains of the MDG era and expand them to all people depends on how global health stakeholders manage this wave of simultaneous transitions.
The Global Fund and PEPFAR: Complementary, Successful, and Under Threat
By working closely together, the Global Fund and PEPFAR have supported nearly 20 million people to access life-sustaining antiretroviral treatment, reducing dramatically a runaway infectious killer that was destabilizing communities and imperiling economic growth. Both programs have consistently drawn strong bipartisan praise and support, even in tough budget environments. Yet today, their continued success is imperiled by potential retrenchment of U.S. political and financial support, even as experts report that controlling HIV epidemics is within reach. The administration has requested a more than $1 billion cut to these programs in its FY 2018 budget request to Congress and is also moving to scale back U.S. diplomatic leadership more generally. Budget numbers from the House and Senate look more promising, but without administration support for increases considerable risk remains.
How Civil Society and Communities Can Engage in the Global Fund Grant-making ProcessesAugust 2017 read more
This information is an update of the alert prepared by ICASO in 2015 to provide advice to civil society and community groups on how to engage in grant-making activities once a funding request has been developed.
This community update:
- Describes the steps involved in moving from a funding request to a signed grant.
- Recommends entry points, resources, and technical assistance available to support communities and civil society during this phase.
This information will be of interest to community and civil society representatives on Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) as well as disease-specific non-governmental organizations (NGOs), vulnerable and key population networks, gender and human right activists, and other groups that participated in the funding request development process.
Successes of LGBT Involvement in National HIV Decision Making Processes:Studies from Six Countries of Eastern Europe and Central AsiaJune 2017 read more
Publisher: Eurasian Coalition on Male Health
The participation of LGBT community both in services delivery and strategy development within national HIV responses demonstrated to improve the quality of projects funded by the Global Fund and national HIV/AIDS programs in general. Case studies of participation of LGBT representatives in the Global Fund supported projects, collected by ECOM, show what helps and what hinders meaningful community engagement and how coordination between community organizations and governmental officials could be developed and strengthened.
A Quarter for Prevention? Global Fund Investments in HIV Prevention Interventions in Generalized African EpidemicsJune 2017 read more
Publisher: Universal Journal of Public Health 5(5): 231-241, 2017
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimates that ending AIDS by 2030 will cost $25 billion a year. About a quarter (26%) of this amount is required for HIV prevention. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a major financier of African HIV responses and a vital source of prevention investments. A search was performed for Global Fund funding requests and signed grants from a sample of African countries over the 2014-2016 funding cycle to see if the Global Fund is investing “a quarter for prevention”. Funding requests were accessed for 23 countries and signed grants were accessed for 15 countries. Some documents were not publicly available. Among the funding requests examined, an average of 16% was dedicated to HIV prevention. Wealthier countries requested more money for HIV prevention, as did countries with greater numbers of annual new infections. Of the grant agreements examined, an average of 15% of the total funding invested was dedicated to HIV prevention. For the Global Fund to achieve its HIV prevention targets in its new strategy (2017-2022) it must increase its investments in HIV prevention in Africa from current levels towards the UNAIDS benchmark of 26%.