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The Community Systems Strengthening Framework has been developed in the light of experience and in recognition of the need for increased clarity and understanding of CSS. It is intended to facilitate increased funding and technical support for CSS, particularly (but not only) for community-based organizations and networks.

Information note

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Publisher: ICASO

Despite widespread acknowledgement that civil society involvement is a prerequisite for optimally functioning Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs), civil society is still too often constrained in its ability to influence decision-making within them. As the Global Fund re-imagines how to support the participation of civil society and key affected populations in CCMs, it is important to take stock of the many lessons learned to-date.

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The purpose of this information note is to inform civil society (CS) partners on how to engage with the Global Fund in light of the recent structural changes. This information note was originally prepared for a meeting between the Global Fund and Civil Society networks held in Geneva July 6, 2012. Comments from that meeting are taken into account in this version. The note will be reviewed with CS partners and updated as needed.

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Friends’ organizations are entirely independent entities and have diverse operational models. Friends’ organizations are dedicated to raising awareness about the three diseases, to advocating the vision, mission and work of the Global Fund and to lobbying decision-makers and private sector entities to lend their political and financial support to the Global Fund.

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