Published by MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV), this review synthesizes good practices and proposes a series of strategic actions for the Global Fund in efforts to expand and enhance meaningful community engagement in all phases of its grants.
Diseases like HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria disproportionately affect certain groups as a result of social and economic inequities that persist worldwide. These groups are often criminalized and experience human rights abuses, seriously compromising their access to health services. HIV disproportionately affects men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who use drugs, whereas TB can affect miners and healthcare workers. Communities that are disproportionately affected by diseases should be invited and supported to actively engage with Global Fund processes.
Civil society involvement – in advocacy, in governance, and in the design, delivery and monitoring of programs – is critical to the effort to save lives and respond to AIDS, TB and malaria. Since 2014, the Global Fund has been working directly with community-based organizations and representatives of people living with the diseases and of key populations to ensure timely and effective engagement. These eight case studies demonstrate how expanded dialogue and increased participation has led to more focused and responsive programming – and more impact on the diseases.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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