This year, I wrote three Global Fund funding requests for African HIV and TB programs. In Window 1 (20 March 2017), I wrote for Zimbabwe; in Window 2 (23 May 2017), I wrote for Zambia; and in Window 3 (28 August 2017), I wrote for Swaziland.
Both Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s funding requests were invited to proceed directly to grant-making. Swaziland anticipates learning the outcome of its request in mid-October.
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
Civil society survey finds three-quarters of respondents have accessed Global Fund technical assistance
In a recent survey of 54 representatives from African civil society organizations and community groups, 76% reported previously accessing technical assistance (TA) to support their engagement in Global Fund processes.
A report released by the Global Fund last November provides stories of effective community engagement on HIV, TB and malaria. How We Engage contains eight case studies, of which five are country-specific: Cambodia, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Benin and Sierra Leone.
The Technical Evaluation Reference Group (TERG) plans to conduct prospective country evaluations (PCEs) in eight countries in 2017. PCEs are in-depth evaluations that utilize a variety of methods to provide a detailed picture of the implementation, effectiveness, and impact of Global Fund–supported programs.
Board approves $15 million for continuation of strategic investments in community, rights and gender over 2017-2019
The Global Fund will invest $15 million over the next three years (2017-2019) to bolster community responses, human rights and gender equality in its grants.
The amount of money available for country allocations for 2017-2019 is $10.3 billion. This amount includes $1.1 billion in unutilized funds from the 2014-2016 allocation period. See the table for details on how the final amount was calculated.
Table: Calculation of amount available for allocations to countries in 2017-2019 ($US)
Governments and civil society – including key affected populations (KAPs) – in Eastern Europe and Central Asia need to collaborate better to ensure that services related to community, rights, and gender (CRG) are provided. And they need technical assistance (TA) to make that happen.