GFAN Meeting on the 5th Replenishment Strategy |

GFAN Meeting – 5th Replenishment Strategy
Leeuwenhorst, the Netherlands
May 20-21, 2015

In May, the GFAN Secretariat brought together a small group of GFAN members including the GFAN Steering Committee and representatives from the Global Fund Secretariat and Gates Foundation for a two-day meeting to discuss key policies and issues and campaigning for the Global Fund replenishment resource mobilization strategy. The aim was to begin to identify mechanisms, tools and resources needed to mobilize, communicate and coordinate among the GFAN community and that would help us move forward with a plan.

As Joanne Carter, GFAN’s Steering Committee chair, said in her opening thoughts to the meeting, “Many folks have said that this will be a difficult replenishment, but when we look back to where we were a dozen years ago, we know we’ve faced bigger challenges previously, when we were first bringing the Global Fund and the response to scale. Now we can build on enormous progress. In the current environment, we will need to put the Global Fund front and centre as a key financing mechanism and highlight its successes. It needs to be showcased as a model. And even as we focus on increased domestic financing, we can’t let donors off the hook and need to clarify the full need for the response.” Participants agreed that the Global Fund needs to show that it can adapt and evolve and that this messaging will help it to define itself in the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The fall of 2015 will be busy with the SDGs, the launch of the Global Fund’s ‘needs assessment’ report (TBD), its strategy that will be presented at the November board meeting, the announcement of a replenishment host (TBD) and its replenishment kick-off in Japan in December.

The GFAN Secretariat is looking to engage in possible activities with other civil society in upcoming events, including during the civil society meetings around the Financing for Development conference, the conference on Universal Health Care (UHC) that will take place the day before the replenishment meeting in Japan and actions that will happen during the UN General Assembly. The GFAN Secretariat will also assist its members on initiatives for financial transaction tax allocation and the numerous advocacy events our members will be hosting over the year to convince their governments to pledge to the Global Fund.

As during the previous replenishment campaign, GFAN again plans to provide its members with complementary tools for replenishment advocacy and this meeting provided the Secretariat with critical feedback to develop what advocates need, including key messages and report content.

Building from the many great ideas we heard during the May meeting and other consultations, we are exploring options to do as the GFAN Secretariat – and collaborate with GFAN members to do – the following:

Potential GFAN Presence at Key Events Related to GF Resource Mobilization (draft)

Event Dates/Timelines Activities
Financing for Development Conference July 13-16 2015, Ethiopia
  • GFAN Africa side event focusing on RM for GF & ATM
  • Speakers Bureau champion participating at CS Forum and FfD Conference
  • Toolkit for advocates globally to take part in the conversation around FfD Conference
United Nations General Assembly /SDGs September 25-28 2015, NYC
  • GFAN Speakers Bureau champion participating at CS and GFS events such as formal side events, public awareness/mobilization events, etceteras
  • Global Day(s) of Action toolkit for advocates to profile the GF in the context of the SDG’s, to get GF replenishment on the political agenda
  • On-going info exchange to help advocates pressure own governments to attend the SDG Summit and important CS events and GF Secretariat formal events
1st GF Replenishment Meeting Dec 17 2015, Japan
  • Support Japanese CS/GFAN members as they prepare a CS pre-meeting which would focus on how to link GF and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and adopting a CS statement to be brought to the Dec 17th meeting (October or November)
  • Toolkit for GFAN members to approach and encourage Japanese Ambassadors in their own countries to highlight the GF in their work with our governments
  • Ensure that the UHC Conference (taking place the day before the Replenishment Meeting) has CS representatives from GFAN/GF CS community on panels
GF Replenishment Pledging Conference TBC – likely between June-September 2016
  • Broad CS presence at Pledging event not as important as the Japan preparatory meeting, activities around creating permissive and supportive spaces for large announcements and withholding praise for announcements that are lower than expected or desired
  • Consider a Speakers Bureau champion to participate in events
  • CS assessment of pledge amounts and possible scorecard/mapping document to assist advocates in holding countries to account for their pledges
G7 May 26-27 2016
  • Support Japanese GFAN/CS Colleagues in profiling GF on G7 in the context of the health agenda item
AIDS 2016 + UNGASS/HIV UNGASS TBC, but June/Sept 2016, AIDS 2016 July 17-22 2016, South Africa
  • Depending on timing of pledging conference, activities for these events will be tailored to have the highest impact on pledging to come or following up on pledges made.

Other key events and processes we will continue to monitor and support for effective GF advocacy include:

  • the post-SDG summit work to establish the key indicators;
  • the development of the new GF strategy as well as the strategies of key partners such as UNAIDSS and Stop TB;
  • the formalization of the EU-FTT and GF specific allocations within it (where possible); and
  • the deliberations of the Equitable Access Initiative and the broader issue of countries in transition and possible work towards a GF transition strategy.

We will work closely with our CS representatives on the 3 civil society delegations to the GF Board to provide information and opportunities to learn more on these issues over the coming year.

GFAN Tools for Advocates

Aside from what is mentioned above, we hope to provide the following tools at various times during the main replenishment campaigning period of September 2015-September 2016*:

Tool Description of main and secondary tools Proposed Timing
Key Messages and Campaign Tagline
  • Develop draft Key Messages and Tagline and share
  • Update Key Messages at key moments and provide secondary messaging on various themes and how they relate to replenishment
Summer 2015 and then on-going
Case studies on Unfunded Quality Demand
  • Case studies to support the case that underfunding the GF leaves quality demand unfunded for years
  • 3 studies (in likely order of release) Bangladesh (TB), Nigeria (malaria) Zimbabwe (HIV/AIDS)
1st by mid-July, rest as they are available
Replenishment Guide
  • A primer on Replenishment from civil society (CS) perspective with key messages about history of impact, the NFM and full expressions of demand, what a full replenishment looks like and why this replenishment is critical in the context of the SDGs
  • The aim is to have a “case for ambitious Replenishment” from the perspective of CS and the likely audiences would include your national health and international development networks, elected officials and key stakeholders
Early-mid September (prior to UNGA/SDGs)
Speakers Bureau
  • Formal launch to showcase the Speakers Bureau champions
  • Secondary materials for advocates will include: bios, images, toolkits to engage media around Speakers in your outreach re GF replenishment and possibly videos
Formal launch TBC @ UNGA/SDGSecondary tools as they are available
CS Leaders Opinion Pieces

This is envisioned in two parts:

  • The first will be a series of blogs from CS leaders and leading voices to discuss key issues about the GF, its strategy and replenishment
  • The primary audience for the blogs is GFAN members and their members, networks and colleagues as well as the general public
  • The second element will be a collection of more detailed articles on some of these topics
  • Supporting tools for the more in depth collection will include Executive Summaries/Key Messages
  • The primary audiences for the more in depth articles would be key decision-makers who are already engaged in and around the Global Fund and ATM resource mobilization and
Blog Series to begin in September pre or at the UNGA/SDG launchSecondary collection to be published Q4 2015 or Q1 2016 at a yet to be determined opportunity
Cost of Inaction report
  • Report from CS perspective about the impact and lives saved lost if donors do not fully fund the Global Fund’s ask per its Needs Assessment
  • Secondary tools we are currently exploring include incorporating other topics like the cost of inaction around improper transition, the broader developmental and economic impact of GF financing, how the UQD represents a cost of inaction of the last replenishment and regional breakdowns for cost of inaction
TBC – the release of this depends on the timing of the GF Secretariat’s Needs Assessment as this report must add on/respond to that from the perspective of CS

*actual timing of some tools will depend on GF Secretariat timing for things like the release of the Needs Assessment and actual date of the pledging conference

We will keep our members informed of any announcements, reports and key dates as they are confirmed.

We also welcome GFAN members to share with us your own replenishment advocacy plans and to let us know if you are interested in knowing more or getting involved in any of these processes.

Thank you to those who joined us and we look forward to working with all our GFAN members in the coming year!