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Progress reported on community, rights and gender initiatives

31 Mar 2015
Work started on obtaining key population size estimates in 16 countries

The Global Fund provided an update on its implementation of the $15 million Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative: technical assistance to improve civil society participation in country dialogue and concept note development, and support for long-term capacity development of civil society networks.

The CRG special initiative has three components:

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Aidspan finds elements of improved participation by key populations in CCMs in southern Africa

12 Mar 2015
Communication and technical barriers continue to hamper their participation

In a study published in early March, Aidspan found that participation by representatives of key affected populations in country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) in southern Africa has somewhat improved, although barriers to participation remain related to professional and technical capacity and a lack of experience in policymaking.

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In Unfunded Quality Demand register, some insight into program gaps for key populations

11 Mar 2015
The $2 billion register so far includes $44 million in key population-specific programs

Under the new funding model (NFM), the Global Fund created a system to maintain an inventory of unmet needs identified by countries, the funding for which exceeds their allocation for the period 2014-2017.

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Scale, sustainability and scope in concept notes queried by TRP

25 Feb 2015
In review of 91 concept notes, the Technical Review Panel highlighted going concerns

The Technical Review Panel (TRP) has released its most comprehensive report yet on the quality and scope of concept notes submitted under the Global Fund's new funding model (NFM), drawing conclusions and identifying trends in the 91 proposals submitted during windows 3 and 4.

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Uganda acrimony over CCM vote ends with agreement on direct representation

12 Feb 2015
Key population representative will join the CCM

A contentious election over representation by key populations on Uganda's country coordinating mechanism ended on 12 February with an amicable resolution that activists in Kampala say will help to ensure Global Fund-supported activities are more effectively targeted towards the people who need them most.

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Most CCMs that have submitted concept notes are not fully compliant with minimum requirements

12 Feb 2015
Performance assessment data show that just 10 of 80 plans to improve CCM performance are on track

Country coordination mechanisms are facing challenges integrating the new requirements for performance improvement. Just four of the 84 CCMs that have completed performance assessments are fully compliant with minimum requirements. Of 80 performance improvement plans in development, only 10 are on track.

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Focus on communities and key populations in two African regional initiatives

27 Jan 2015
The two were among 16 selected to claim a share of the regional programs envelope

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).

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Gender trouble for Tuberculosis

28 Oct 2014

The TB field prides itself on being painstakingly evidence-based and yet in one arena, acknowledged inequality has persisted for years without triggering much reflection or retooling. In fact the prevailing discourses continue to obscure gender inequality that is inconvenient and distract from efforts to fight TB where it lives.

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Morocco's quiet revolution over AIDS and human rights

29 Sep 2014

In July 2014, in a meeting room in the Moroccan capital Rabat, a young Moroccan woman stood up and addressed an audience composed of senior representatives from international organizations and government -- including the Ministry for Islamic Affairs and the prison system. Speaking in Arabic, she announced herself as "a representative of the sex workers of Morocco.”

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APCOM prepares briefing documents for key populations in Asia Pacific

17 Sep 2014
The briefs are aimed to provide key populations with the information they need to be active participants in country dialogue

Communication between the Global Fund and organizations working on male sexual health issues in the Asia-Pacific is the biggest obstacle keeping at-risk populations from joining the conversation on how to respond to HIV, according to the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM).

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