Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ms L. Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
PO Box 20061
2500 EB Den Haag
Concerns: Global Fund Replenishment 2017-2019
Dear Minister Ploumen,
We, representatives of Africa Civil Society Organizations, are greatly inspired by The Netherlands, which has been a proven leader in the fight against HIV. The Netherlands and its investments in sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV, has greatly contributed in investing strongly to advance the efforts to end AIDS. Last week, thousands of activists, policymakers and researchers gathered for the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. In Durban, we acknowledged the huge progress made in the AIDS response since the 2000 AIDS conference in Durban.
The Africa Civil Society Platform and GFAN Africa hub is a platform for network and network organizations engaged in political advocacy, civil society mobilization and capacity building on health financing with emphasis on domestic resources and accountability. The Platform is implementing a project in three countries and engaging the African Union and RECs in advancing the space for civil society voices in the policy process and intergovernmental negotiations that directly and indirectly impact on the Global Fund investments to end address the three diseases aswell as demanding it is fully funded not only as a donor government solidarity but with the contribution of implementing countries as well.
‘It was sad to see during the negotiations how we wasted so much time trying to reverse the gains of the last decades that has brought about the possibilities of ending AIDS in Africa by 2030’ GAW...
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Time for full inclusion of community actions in the response to AIDS
Publisher: Journal of the International AIDS Society , 2016, 19:20712
Community action, including activism, advocacy and service delivery, has been crucially important in the global response to AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic and remains one of its defining features. This indispensable contribution has been increasingly acknowledged in strategic planning documents from UNAIDS, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and other organizations. A growing body of literature demonstrates that community-based services can have measurable impact, serve populations that are not accessing public health services and reach people at scale.
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Financing for Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Advocacy Strategies for Effective Resource Mobilization
Publisher: Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board
Lead by the Developing Country NGO Delegation of the Global Fund Board (TGF), the one-day
workshop on Financing for Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Advocacy Strategies for
Effective Resource Mobilization brought together over 35 participants from 17 countries across
the LAC region. The workshop focused on discussing the importance of advocacy for TGF 5th
Replenishment and possible strategies to ensure effective advocacy.
The workshop was held in anticipation of the 5th replenishment cycle for TGF. At the same time,
the LAC region is preparing for transitions, as many countries are becoming ineligible to receive
GF financing. As such, the success of the upcoming replenishment is extremely important to
support sustainable and properly funded transition processes in the region.
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Community Perspectives: Guiding the CRG Special Initiative in Anglophone Africa
The short 4-page document highlights the results of a survey on the knowledge and perspectives of civil society and communities on Global Fund processes in the region.
Most respondents said that concept note development was the most open part of the New Funding Model for civil society organizations and community groups, while grant-making was the most closed part.
Respondents from civil society organizations were more likely to have participated in both country dialogues and regional dialogues than respondents from key populations.
The most commonly-cited benefit of Global Fund technical assistance (TA) was that it enables meaningful participation in Global Fund processes. The majority or respondents said there needs to be more TA available after concept note submission to support watch-dogging of implementation.
Publisher: Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organizations (EANNASO )
The attached report measures the impact of civil society consultations on the final concept notes that countries submitted to the Global Fund. Concept notes from Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe were examined for their responsiveness to civil society’s priorities expressed during country dialogue.
The civil society priorities charters , published by AIDS Accountability International, were used as a measure of what civil society wanted to see included in the concept notes. The results indicate that that certain kinds of priorities were more likely to be included in the concept notes than others. The report proceeds to offers several explanations as to why civil society’s and key population priority efforts during country dialogue appear to have been more successful in some countries than in others.