Meaningful participation of civil society in country dialogue has been a central pillar of the Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM). Money has been invested, meetings have been held, and documents have been published. But did it matter?
At around 11:30 every morning, Chiku begins her work day. Carefully gathering her syringes and needles, she'll work steadily preparing doses for her clients -- all of whom wait inside her tin-roofed shack in the slum known as Nigeria: one of Nairobi, Kenya's toughest neighborhoods. The money she earns will be enough to pay her rent, and feed her own heroin habit.
There is mounting evidence that within southern Africa’s generalized HIV epidemic there are under-estimated concentrated epidemics among key affected populations (KAPs) such as sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM).
Consortiums of civil society groups in East and Southern Africa are putting the finishing touches on two regional initiatives hoping to claim a share of the $200 million set aside by the Global Fund Board for cross-border projects under the new funding model (NFM).