The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria acknowledges that meaningful and ongoing engagement from civil society and communities is at the heart of what makes for effective grants. The Global response to the three diseases must involve all stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable impact and results that are owned by effected communities. In the context of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals for health, the meaningful engagement of all, especially key and vulnerable populations, is needed now more that ever to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 20230. To achieve our targets, enhanced engagement will only be possible if we have the necessary knowledge and information and a coordinated and collective effort.
The objectives of the Regional Platform are to:
1. Enhance knowledge of civil society and community groups on the Global Fund and access to TA
2. Coordinate with other TA initiatives and programmes in the region
3. Improve understanding of TA /capacity development gaps for civil society and community groups
4. Strengthen and support Strategic civil society and community group capacity development initiatives.
The following are specific workshop objectives:
1. Introduce the Global Fund’s new Strategy for 2017-2019 and the new grant architecture for the 2017-2019 grant cycle, identifying critical entry points for civil society and communities to operationalize the strategy and engage in the funding model. This also includes new policies including the strategic objective on human rights and gender equality, as well as the sustainability, transition and co-financing policy.
2. To share experiences of effective civil society and community engagement in the 2014 – 2016 grant cycle, identifying needs, barriers to engagement, tools, information requirements and good practice country examples that can be applied to support to support the next round of funding request.
3. Explore opportunities for accessing technical assistance in the context to the new CRG Strategic Initiative for 2017 – 2019 and other related Strategic initiatives, as well as identifying other TA opportunities which build synergies between the Regional Platform and Other TA providers and programs within the region.
At conclusion of the workshop, participants will have:
1. A clear understanding of the Global Fund’s (new) policies and procedures, including its new Strategy for 2017 – 2022 (with a close-up to the human rights and gender objectives), catalytic investments, sustainability and transition, the new differentiated application process for 2017 – 2019, and how civil society and communities can effectively engage throughout the funding model.
2. Shared learned from the experience needs other civil society and community groups in engaging in country dialogue during the development of the country funding requests from the region with the aim of identifying lessons for future use.
3. Mapped out technical assistance needs as well as opportunities to stimulate demand for TA and enhance the regional Platform’s ability to broker this support. Identified Strategies, tools, guidelines, methodologies and information packages that will support civil society and community group engagement in Global Fund processes.
* Representatives from civil society as well as key and vulnerable population’s networks and organizations from across the region, including representatives from youth networks
* Civil society, people living with or affected by the diseases and key population CCM members
* Civil society, people living with or affected by the diseases and key population implementers (Prs and Srs and SSRs)
* Civil society TA providers
* Civil society and community representative on various platforms including GFATM board, UNAIDS PCB, Union AfriYAN, Africa TB Caucus and Global Coalition on TB Activist and STOP TB Partnership
* RCNF grantees in the regional