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Guest Blog Post by Allan Maleche:

When civil society has a seat at the table, they give a voice to the communities most at risk of or heavily affected by AIDS, TB and malaria

When it comes to dealing with global health challenges, representatives of civil society may not always be the most popular people in the room as they press for prioritizing marginalized and stigmatized groups.  Yet, they may be the most impactful in ensuring that progress is made. The fact is that in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, civil society is an instrumental partner in advocacy and implementation. This sometimes means that it has to show some muscle. 

We saw that very clearly in the beginning of the AIDS movement. There were times when the community was ahead of just about everyone else in terms of knowledge about the epidemic. AIDS showed what a difference advocacy can make. ...

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This document has been produced by ICCS/GFAN with the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel to the High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB to summarize needs and priorities in addressing TB identified by civil society (CS) organizations involved in implementing TB programming and advocating for the rights of people living with and affected by TB and marginalized and underserved populations in the TB response. The information for this summary report was gathered through three online surveys, a moderated discussion forum, and regional in-person consultations. This represents a third version up to date as of April 25th 2018 – and will be periodically updated between now and the HLM in September. The online surveys opened on February 20 and closed April 23, 2018, and considered the following topics: 1) Target Setting (Financial Targets; R&D; Case Detection; TB/HIV Treatment); 2) Community Rights and Gender and Human Rights; ...

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Publisher: GFAN

Effective Civil Society-led Strategies for Increasing Domestic Resource
Mobilization for AIDS, TB and Malaria in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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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 of the Board Meeting process, key documents and important issues, and potential advocacy opportunities for civil society.

GFAN also hosted a call on November 22nd with representatives from the Communi...

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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 the largest donors of the Global Fund during the past decade, there has not been any monetary contribution since 2011.

Recently, the government of Spain announced an agreement to waive debts owed by Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia in exchange for investments of 15.5 m...

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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 maximize impact of the investments.

Africa Japan Forum (AJF) found success during its NVF for GFA grant in using strategies that focused on Japan’s funding priorities by developing and leveraging civil society advocacy around Japan’s leadership in international fora. AJF had two key opportuni...

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