The Global Fund has issued two requests for proposal (RFPs) that aim to improve the engagement of civil society and communities in Global Fund programs and processes.
Support engagement of key populations
At the annual meeting of the Civil Society Principal Recipients Network (CSPRN), civil society principal recipients (PRs) and the Global Fund examined ways to establish more effective systems and guidelines for dual-track financing and to strengthen the role of civil society within this framework.
When people think about key populations in the context of the Global Fund, they tend to think about the ones that are mentioned most often – such as sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men.
A report prepared for the Board meeting on 3-4 May in Kigali, Rwanda, provided an update on the implementation of the objectives and sub-objectives from the Global Fund’s 2017-2022 Strategy. For each sub-objective, the report described the progress achieved to date, as well as key challenges and risks, and future plans.
In a commentary posted on its website, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) has identified three qualities that the next executive director of the Global Fund should exemplify. They are as follows:
Over 600 NGOs from 151 countries have signed a Joint Civil Society Statement calling on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to appoint an Independent Expert to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
The statement says that:
Report calls for a fully funded Global Fund and a focus on the leadership of networks of key populations
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires not only a fully funded Global Fund, but also an approach that focuses strongly on the leadership of networks of key and vulnerable populations to deliver results.
In a recent GFO commentary, Ralf Jürgens, Senior Human Rights Coordinator at the Global Fund, flagged the need for increased Global Fund investment in programs which reduce human rights barriers to HIV, TB, and malaria services.
In June 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $179 million in funding for 13 grants emanating from concept notes submitted by nine countries. Of the $179 million, $80 million represented new money; the balance was existing funding that had been approved prior to the new funding model but was nevertheless included in the NFM allocations to countries.