Communities report reduced support from the Global Fund and other donors

30 May 2017
Growing economy does not mean growing domestic support for communities

“There is a painful awareness among communities in countries whose economies are growing that donors are pulling out and abandoning them… This [transitioning] process is driven by the criteria donors have laid out for eligibility, and demonstrated by the actual level of disbursements going to some countries. But communities know that growing economies do not equal growing domestic support for communities in the HIV response.”


E-learning portal for Russian speaking CSOs and communities is launched by a regional platform supported by the Global Fund

16 May 2017
Two courses are ready, more will be added soon

An innovative, educational, e-learning portal has been launched to help civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities (i.e. key populations) enhance their knowledge of the responses to HIV and TB. The main focus will be on building the capacity of communities to enable them to become meaningfully involved in the national response to HIV and TB.


Communities and civil society delegations issue joint statement on the replenishment outcomes

4 Oct 2016
Many organizations applaud the results but add that more needs to be done

In a joint statement, the communities and civil society delegations to the Global Fund Board commended the pledges from donor governments, implementing countries, the private sector, and civil society partners for the Fund’s Fifth Replenishment.


New website in EECA provides information in Russian related to Global Fund policies, funded programs, etc.

4 Sep 2016
Meanwhile, EHRN releases video on the ladder of citizen participation

An innovative project has been created to inform Russian-speaking communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) about the news, important decisions and policy documents related to the Global Fund, and about the programs financed by the Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The project takes the form of a website. The site also shares opportunities for training and funding, and educational resources related to HIV and TB.


There are more civil society representatives on CCMs now, but do they have the skills they need?

5 Jul 2016
The “learning by doing” approach of many regional programs is part of the solution

In the past few years, representation of the civil sector – NGOs and communities – on CCMs has increased, particularly in response to recommendations that key populations be included. However, the initial excitement that accompanied this change has been replaced by growing frustration and complaints from different stakeholders. 


UNAIDS study cites Moldova as an example of Global Fund money flowing through governments to CSOs

5 Jul 2016
Governments and CSOs discuss mechanisms to sub-contract services to CSOs

Currently there are several national CSOs in Moldova providing services to vulnerable and key populations and people living with HIV. These services include psychosocial support, prevention programming, and harm reduction. Funding for this work has come predominately from The Global Fund and has been administered by an NGO principal recipient, the Center for Health Policies and Studies.


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.


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.


Kyrgyzstan is implementing transition planning for TB and HIV

3 Mar 2016
A working group has brought together representatives from The Global Fund, government, civil society and communities to work on the transition

The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan has formed a multi-disciplinary working group of specialists to plan, coordinate, and implement transition planning for TB and HIV. The group is already staffed by management, procurement, public health, and finance specialists. Representatives of civil society organizations and communities are also included. Other positions will be added.


Global Fund commits half of $15 million budget for CRG special initiative

6 Sep 2015
Partners raise critical questions about the initiative

The Global Fund has committed approximately $7 million of the $15 million budget for its Community Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative. Each of the initiative’s three arms – technical assistance (TA) provision, key populations network strengthening, and regional communication and coordination platforms – have received relatively equal amounts.

The initiative runs until the end of 2016.


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