On 21 December 2019, the Global Fund announced on its website a partnership agreement with France’s development agency, the Agence Francaise du Développement (AFD). The partnership’s goal is to end the epidemics and build resilient and sustainable systems for health in West and Central Africa. The agreement was signed in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, between AFD head Rémy Rioux and Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands, on the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire. The joint goal is to increase the impact of both the Global Fund and AFD’s investments, through better coordination and complementary interventions. The plans include improving the training of health workers, increasing their numbers, strengthening laboratories’ diagnostic capacities, strengthening supply chain systems, and supporting national authorities’ health financing strategies.
GLOBAL FUND E-LEARNING COURSES TO SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2022 FUNDING CYCLE
The Global Fund’s online learning platform, iLearn, has made available new e-learning courses, “designed for and open to anyone wanting to learn about Global Fund processes, the Global Fund website says. The courses, currently available in English, include “5 things to know” about differences in applying for funding in the next allocation period, an overview of the funding cycle and the application process, and how to apply using each of the five different application approaches (five separate courses). A course on ‘inclusive country dialogue’ is already available in French, with the remainder expected to become available in French early this year.
GLOBAL FUND SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR NEW ‘YOUTH COUNCIL’
The Global Fund’s Executive Director, Peter Sands, has called for the creation of a ‘Youth Council’ for which recruiting is now underway. People under the age of 25 are invited to apply for the Youth Council, which will have 12 volunteer members who will serve a two-year term. Candidates should be able to work in English, participate in face-to-face meetings, contribute remotely via conference calls, emails and other platforms, for a total estimated commitment of about 15 days per year. The application form lists more detailed criteria and core responsibilities, and asks candidates to respond to questions relating to candidates’ motivation to be on the Youth Council, and how their experience would contribute to it.
Applications are due by 31 January 2020, including a CV and the completed application form sent to email@example.com.
Download the Youth Council Application Form and Terms of Reference…