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The Global Fund releases a progress report on its gender equality and key population action plans

28 Jul 2016
“There are clear signs of progress, but challenges must be addressed”

The Global Fund is poised at a critical and exciting juncture in the evolution of its work on gender quality and key populations. But if a range of fundamental challenges go unaddressed, further progress will be severely limited. This was the conclusion of a report released last week by the Community, Rights, and Gender (CRG) Department at the Global Fund. 

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Resources for the community response must increase if we are to meet our targets: UNAIDS

5 Jul 2016
Report reviews experiences of six countries where governments have allocated funding to CSOs
Civil society representative says that funding for key populations is still difficult to obtain

Resources for the community response will have to grow markedly over the coming years if ambitious treatment, prevention and human rights targets for HIV are to be achieved, according to a report published by UNAIDS.

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U.N. political declaration on HIV contains bold goals, but key populations excluded

17 Jun 2016
References to human rights and harm reduction toned down

There was praise for the bold goals in the political declaration adopted by the 193-national General Assembly at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS on 8-10 June, but there was also widespread condemnation of the decision to include only limited references in the declaration to those most at ris

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Advocacy brief for UN High Level Meeting says The Global Fund and key populations are delivering results

8 Jun 2016

The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) has released an advocacy brief aimed at stakeholders who are involved in the 2016 High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

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Call for nominations: Community, Rights, and Gender Advisory Group

23 May 2016

The Community, Rights, and Gender Department of The Global Fund has issued a call for nominations for membership on its Community, Rights, and Gender Advisory Group. The group serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and initiatives, and to consult on approaches with regards to the development and implementation of Global Fund strategies and policies related to community responses and systems, key populations, and gender.

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Strategic focus on rights and gender in new Strategy seen as vital for scaling up coverage of key and vulnerable populations

20 May 2016

A focus on human rights and gender equality is front and centre in The Global Fund’s new strategy for 2017-2022.

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Stakeholders in Russian Federation grapple with how to do more with less

10 May 2016
Decision taken to use current NGO HIV grant to empower communities and to fight to remove legal barriers

Four years ago this month, the Global Fund rescinded approval of a Round 10 TB proposal from the Russian Federation (see GFO article). The country coordinating mechanism had submitted the proposal. All stakeholders wanted to see the proposed programs implemented except for the government.

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In Uganda, a bill regulating NGOs threatens programs targeting key populations

5 Apr 2016
Some CSOs plan to challenge the bill in court

At the end of January, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed a bill that seeks to regulate NGOs. According to activists, some of its provisions could threaten Global Fund–supported programs targeting key populations.

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Thailand’s transition triggers concerns for some, but others are more confident

3 Feb 2016
The concerns relate to services for key populations

Thailand has been hailed by The Global Fund as the golden example of a well-planned and well-managed transition. When Thailand submitted its TB/HIV concept note in June 2014, the country announced that this would be the last time it requested money from The Global Fund. The country indicated that it would transition in just two years, shorter than the standard three-year Global Fund grant cycle. This is an unusual situation.

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Sustainability is about more than just money, study says

1 Feb 2016
Political will and respect for human rights are among the other factors that need to be considered

Planning for how programs will be sustained after The Global Fund (or any other donor) has withdrawn from a country – or is anticipated to withdraw, sooner or later – must take into account more than just where the money will come from.

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