The Global Fund that we want: civil society speaks on the need for stronger community-based interventions
More than 120 people gathered on 23-24 June in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific partnership forum: the second of its kind convened by the Global Fund to solicit voices from civil society and a range of stakeholders to feed into strategy development for the 2017-2021 period.
Stakeholders from around the world are being encouraged to add their voices, lessons learned and challenges to a global consultation carried out virtually by the Stop TB Partnership to inform the development of its strategic plan for 2016-2020.
The Open Health Institute (OHI) is close to choosing the 26 sub-recipients to implement activities under the $11-million HIV grant awarded to Russia under the new funding model. Implementation of activities specifically targeting key populations should begin in July following their selection.
The Global Fund has agreed to release three documents related to concept notes that were not previously made public. The documents are the modular template attachment; the financial gap analysis and counterpart financing attachment; and the programmatic gap attachment.
As the continent receiving the lion's share of Global Fund investments in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, Africa must do more to ensure its voices are heard in decision-making and strategy development: this was the clarion call made in Addis Ababa on 5 May at the first official meeting of the Africa Bureau.
In November 2014, at its 32nd meeting, the Global Fund Board adopted a new risk management policy that sought to outline in comprehensive detail the shared responsibility within the organization to nurture a culture that encourages prudent risk-taking within the context of maximizing impact of investments in the fight against the three diseases.
The Global Fund used its 33rd Board meeting on 31 March - 1 April to demonstrate its continued maturation as an organization and show that the systems it has put in place are working.
Switching gears from a typical executive director's report to the Board during the Global Fund's 33rd meeting on 31 March, Mark Dybul reflected on the six trips he had made in the first quarter of 2015 that demonstrated what he said were the breadth and flexibility inherent in the new funding model.
A consensus, unanimous vote for the new 'Dream Team' was passed, electing Norbert Hauser of the German delegation and a former interim inspector general as Board chair and Aida Kurtovic, from the EECA delegation and long-time civil society activist, as vice-chair. Campaigning took place behind closed doors and the vote passed easily as the 33rd Board meeting opened on 31 March.
While governance officials have a responsibility to represent their constituencies, “they are ultimately obligated to work in the best interests of the Global Fund,” according to a code of ethical conduct adopted by the Board at its meeting in Geneva on 31 March–1April 2015.