key populations

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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Four years ago this month, the Global Fund rescinded approval of a Round 10 TB proposal from the Russian Federation (see GFO article).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Planning for how programs will be sustained after The Global Fund (or any other donor) has withdrawn from a country – or is anticipated to withdraw, sooner or later – must take into account more than just where the money will come from.

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Aidspan releases report on willingness-to-pay commitments in 13 countries

25 Jan 2016
Monitoring the implementation of the commitments will be challenging
The WTP policy was effective at leveraging additional commitments from governments

Aidspan has published a report on how The Global Fund’s willingness-to-pay (WTP) policy is being operationalized at country level. The report is based on an analysis of case studies which Aidspan conducted in 13 countries, plus information provided by The Global Fund Secretariat.

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A policy and a strategy on transitions are urgently required

24 Nov 2015

There was no agenda item on transition at the Board meeting on 16-17 November, but the topic was much discussed at the Board table and in the corridors. There were calls for clear strategies on transition, for the development of a transition road map, and for transition to be moved up to the top of the Board agenda. It was noted that there is no key performance indicator on transition.

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Survey finds African key populations still largely excluded from decision-making, despite NFM promises

23 Nov 2015
Participation diminishes as countries move through the stages of the application process

According to a new report, cornerstone principals of the new funding model, such as inclusive country dialogue and meaningful participation, have not translated in practice for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

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New CSO-KAP-PLWD Forum in Lao PDR will provide civil society with a voice in national programs

3 Nov 2015
Forum will play a role in monitoring grant implementation

The Lao civil society sector has been strengthening its engagement with the country coordinating mechanism. A Forum of Civil Society Organizations, Key Affected Populations, and People Living with the Diseases was initiated in early 2015 under the leadership of Dr Soulany Chansy, who is from the Lao Red Cross and is vice-chair of the CCM. The CCM secretariat provided support.

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More attention should be paid to data collection and use, authors say

31 Oct 2015
“There is a lack of data to guide smart investment decisions”

The Global Fund needs to accord a much higher priority to data collection and use, according to Cathryn Streifel and Todd Summers, authors of a paper on “Data for Decisionmaking and the Global Fund.” The paper, published in October by the Center for Strategic International Studies, was based on a discussion organized by CSIS among a small group of data experts.

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