The key feature of the Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM) is to ensure the inclusiveness of civil society and key populations (KP), including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.
Country Dialogue is the term used by the Global Fund to describe the inclusive, ongoing consultative processes at the country level that is meant to inform all stages of the NFM process. It is also one of the main criteria in assessing whether funding applications are robust.
APCOM has released a set of guidance documents, entitled ‘MSM and Transgender Engagement in Global Fund New Funding Model Country Dialogue’. There are 17 different versions of the guidance document for each of the 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, PNG, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam). These guidance documents aim to help civil society organisations participate in the country dialogue within the NFM.
The country dialogue process is a significant opportunity for MSM and transgender organisations to be meaningfully involved in all the stages of the NFM. However, the different NFM stages can be difficult to understand and civil society organisations need to know when and how they can best participate.