who we are
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) was established in 2011 to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
GFAN builds on and brings together existing structures, expertise and experience that has been developed and gathered since 2002 in support of the Global Fund, working with advocates, activists, and affected communities in the South and the North, as well as Friends of the Fund organizations.
The overall purpose of GFAN is to build a global social movement to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting, and mobilizing advocates to communicate the urgent need and demand full funding for the Global Fund to maximize its impact.
- Year founded: 2011
- Individual members: 722*
- Number of organizations: 410*
- Number of countries represented: 94*
To achieve this goal, GFAN’s objectives are to:
- Support Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
To empower and support GFAN members in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (including working with media) on global health and resource mobilization for the Global Fund.
- Support Action
To initiate and support powerful action of GFAN members at global, regional and national level.
- Build the movement
To facilitate and expand the membership network that constitutes the global social movement in support of the Global Fund, with increased participation from advocates and affected communities in implementing countries, current donor countries and potential new donor countries.
*data as of January 1, 2021
GFAN welcomes as its members all civil society organizations, Friends of the Fund groups and individuals that endorse GFAN’s goals, objectives and principles. Our mailing list is used for information-sharing and joint strategizing on the Global Fund. You will be invited to regular conference calls with colleagues around the world and be able to take part in our campaigns and to use the tools we provide for your own advocacy work.
We encourage you to be active members and to share your Global Fund-related information and campaigns, to use our list to proactively connect with other organizations and advocates who are dedicated to a fully funded and effective Global Fund, to promote our campaign tools and to take part in GFAN calls.
The GFAN Secretariat has 3 staff persons: Katy Kydd Wright, Sive Stofile, and Tara Hogeterp.
Katy Kydd Wright
Katycoordinates the Global Fund Advocates Network. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Katy spent close to a decade working for Canadian Parliamentarians in various roles at the House of Commons. During her time working for Parliamentarians her policy areas were as divergent as automotive policy, telecommunications regulations and human rights, but it was her work on patent regulations and the first Canadian Access to Medicines Regime adopted in 2004 that brought her into the field of global health.
Katy left Canadian politics and joined RESULTS Canada where she managed the grassroots-based organizations work on tuberculosis control with the ACTION partnership. Later, as Director of Campaigns, she led efforts on all the global health and poverty related campaigns of the organization including vaccines, microcredit and Education for All.
Katy has presented at Canadian and international conferences, trained grassroots volunteers to advocate to their elected officials, lobbied organizations like the World Bank, IMF and Global Fund and run numerous campaigns to increase funding to global health issues, TB in particular.
Since joining the GFAN team in September of 2012, Katy has coordinated the Global Fund Advocates Network established to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded and effective Global Fund.
Katy has a degree in Political and Comparative Development Studies from Trent University.
Katy can be reached at Katy@globalfundadvocatesnetwork.org
Sive manages Grants and acts as an administrator for GFAN. She joined GFAN in 2018. Prior to joining GFAN, she worked for the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) where her major time responsibility was to conceptualise, implement and subsequently manage funding programmes in line with the organisation’s vision and the various Department of Science and Technology (DST) strategies. This included an end-to-end process from writing conceptual proposals and frameworks to monitoring the progress of the programmes and identifying and addressing risks, challenges and opportunities central to the success of the investments.
Prior to joining the NRF, she worked in grants management at another South African government agency established to invest in biotechnology research and start-up companies and has been involved in a project management role in various local NGOs focusing on youth development and child welfare. Sive obtained a Bsc in Microbial Biotechnology and holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Business Administration and in Public and Development Management. She is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance.
Sive can be reached at: Sive@globalfundadvocatesnetwork.org
Tara runs communications for GFAN. She is based in Ottawa Canada and has 15 years experience working as a communications and policy advisor for Canadian Parliamentarians. In her work for Parliamentarians she developed campaigns and communications tools to reach out to politicians, organizations and members of the public. She worked on a wide variety of policy areas including women’s rights, affordable housing, and seniors.
Since joining GFAN in May 2018, Tara has coordinated the communications planning, managed social media and developed materials for advocacy for a fully funded and effective Global Fund.
She has an undergraduate degree from Western University, a Masters degree in Mass Communication from Carleton University and a Bachelors of Education from the University of Ottawa.
Tara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
about the Global Fund
What is the Global Fund?
The Global Fund is a unique public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria in more than 140 countries.
The Global Fund is a financing institution and does not implement programmes. Instead, funds are disbursed to governments, international agencies, NGOs, and private sector entities that take on programmatic and financial responsibility for the grants. Countries implementing these grants are also required to provide co-financing (called counterpart financing) to their national disease programmes.
The Global Fund is financed through cycles in order to identify and obtain predictable, long-term and sustainable financial support; countries, private foundations, corporations and faith-based organizations pledge funding at a replenishment conference hosted every 3 years.
Visit the Global Fund website for more information.
Why is the Global Fund so important?
The Global Fund is the main financier of international efforts against all 3 diseases and has developed a strategy building on scientific insights that allow us to see for the first time how we can fundamentally change the course of the epidemics. As of mid-2014, the Fund had provided HIV treatment for 6.6 million people, had helped detect and treat 11.9 million cases of TB and had distributed 410 million bed nets to protect people, most often children under 5, most at risk from malaria.
Enormous but extremely fragile progress has been made at exactly the time as donors have been scaling back or failing to meet their commitments. This forced the Global Fund to halt funding for new grants in 2011 for almost a year and a half.
Aside from funds pledged at the replenishment conferences, significant resource mobilization is still necessary for demand that the Fund cannot fund and for domestic resource mobilization in the fight against the 3 diseases.
It is the fragility of the Fund’s success that makes it critical for advocacy voices to strategize collaboratively, identify common platforms to share information and to generally coordinate work to ensure cohesive, effective advocacy.
The Global Fund and Civil Society
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a multi-stakeholder partnership that fully involves civil society at national and international levels in programme implementation as well as in governance. The Global Fund presents an innovative model that provides civil society with the opportunity to develop and advocate for a comprehensive civil society agenda in the fight against the three diseases.
The Global Fund Board has three seats assigned to civil society. The delegations to the Board include: the Communities of people living with HIV, TB, and affected by malaria; the Developing Country NGOs; and the Developed Country NGOs. Other Board seats are assigned to groups of donor countries, groups of implementing countries, as well as one seat to private foundations and one seat to the private sector.
GFAN Regional Partners
In 2014, two Regional Partners (previously known as hubs) were launched: GFAN Africa and GFAN Asia-Pacific. The two platforms operate independently and were established to provide additional space for regional voices and organizing around the Global Fund and fighting AIDs, TB and malaria.
Joanne Carter (Chair) – North AmericaExecutive Director, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), USA
Rosemary Mburu – AfricaExecutive Director, WACI Health, Kenya
Mike Podmore – Europe
Executive Director, STOPAIDS, United Kingdom
Jaevion Nelson – Latin America & the CaribbeanMember, Developing Country NGO Delegation, Jamaica
Rachel Ong – Asia
Regional Coordinator, GFAN Asia-Pacific, Singapore