This report details the strong partnership between the Global Fund and the faith community and highlights opportunities for further engagement.
The Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier, was designed to pursue its mission against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria through a partnership model, relying on local leaders, bilateral organizations, the private sector, technical partners, advocates of public health and civil society organizations – including faith-based organizations – to implement the programs it funds. Close collaboration with the faith community is particularly important to the success of Global Fund programs; churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith-based organizations (FBOs) play a role at all stages of its operations.
In addition to identifying opportunities for collaboration between FBOs and the Global Fund, Friends’ report quantifies current levels of engagement. For example, through mid-2014, 61 Global Fund grants had been signed by FBOs as Principal Recipients in 28 countries. FBO grants account for more than $900 million in cumulative disbursements since the Global Fund’s inception in 2002. Since 2010, the last time this data was collected, there are 17 new faith-based PRs and an additional $520 million in disbursements to FBOs.