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)
|Financing for Development Conference||July 13-16 2015, Ethiopia||
|United Nations General Assembly /SDGs||September 25-28 2015, NYC||
|1st GF Replenishment Meeting||Dec 17 2015, Japan||
|GF Replenishment Pledging Conference||TBC – likely between June-September 2016||
|G7||May 26-27 2016||
|AIDS 2016 + UNGASS/HIV||UNGASS TBC, but June/Sept 2016, AIDS 2016 July 17-22 2016, South Africa||
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||
||Summer 2015 and then on-going|
|Case studies on Unfunded Quality Demand||
||1st by mid-July, rest as they are available|
||Early-mid September (prior to UNGA/SDGs)|
||Formal launch TBC @ UNGA/SDGSecondary tools as they are available|
|CS Leaders Opinion Pieces||
This is envisioned in two parts:
|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||
||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!