In January, GFAN asked its members to sign on to a petition to protest the Swedish government’s 35% cut to funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2016. With the strong response from members, Swedish advocates were able to use the letter to the Prime Minister as leverage for discussions, articles and op-eds in various national news outlets; it sparked weeks of debate between civil society and the government on the direction Sweden is heading in its support of global health.
While the cuts have not been reinstated, there is hope for a strong return of Sweden to the Global Fund’s next replenishment. These events offer an inspiring case study for all Global Fund advocates when faced with governments who are backtracking or decreasing their commitments to fight the three diseases.
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)* acknowledges and thanks the European Commission (EC) for its pledge today to the 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Commission’s pledge of €470 million represents a 27% incr...
Attendees celebrate the Dutch Postcode Lottery donation to the Global Fund
Over 60 advocates and partners were invited to attend this year’s annual GFAN strategy meeting in Amsterdam from 26-28 January 2016. Representatives were present from key donor country advocacy organizations, including grantees of the New Venture Fund for Global Fund Advocacy, GFAN’s Steering Committee, GFAN’s regional hubs in Africa and Asia-Pacific, Global Fund Board civil society delegations, grantors and the Global Fund Secretariat and its technical partners.
During the first day of this three day meeting, discussions focused on the recent global plans and strategies for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, including their impact on the Global Fund replenishment, and the highlights of and how to use the Global Fund’s Investment Case. Christoph Benn, Director of External Affairs at the Global Fund, presented the top-line messages from the Investment Case replenishment target and provi...
This position statement summarizes the considerations and recommendations of members of Africa Japan Forum and the Global Fund Advocates Network after reviewing the potential synergies between providing UHC and ending the three diseases through the Global Fund.
GFAN hosted a call on 2 July 2015 to update advocates on the Equitable Access Initiative, a “think body” launched in February 2015 with multiple co-convening partners including the Global Fund. The main role of the EAI is to look at the World Bank country classification system that is currently based on Gross National Income and think about what might or could replace it in the context of classifying countries by health indicators. For all documents and the most-up-to date details on the EAI, please visit the Global Fund’s dedicated webpage .
Currently, the challenge is to create the scope of the framework and the EAI is looking to analytical groups to develop a framework in which indicators are replicable and relevant. These indicators will be finalized over the coming weeks and there will be potentially many more than listed in the presentation materials. The EAI’s work will be completed in November.
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 f...