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New report: How civil society can engage with Global Fund programmes

29
JUL
2011

Aids Alliance

A new report launching at ICAAP highlights the successes and challenges that civil society in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region has experienced when engaging with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria processes.

Getting engaged with the Global Fund* also provides recommendations of how civil society can actively participate in three key Global Fund processes: Proposal development, CCM engagement and grant implementation. The report comes as the Global Fund prepares to launch its latest call for proposals on 15 August.

Aimed at all key stakeholders including the Global Fund, grant recipients and potential recipients, and technical support providers, the report is a reflection of participants’ recommendations from a three-day workshop in Bangkok in June 2011, which was funded by AusAID and hosted by the Alliance’s Bangkok regional office, the South East Asia and Pacific (SEAP) Technical Support Hub and Alliance secretariat.

Key findings   

The workshop participants concluded that the barriers limiting civil society’s full contribution, include a lack of participation of key affected populations in national decision making processes, the complex nature of Global Fund processes, difficulty accessing technical assistance for civil society capacity building in a systematic way, and limited access to core funding in the case of grant sub-recipients.

Recommendations

The report advocates for changes to enable civil society to fulfill its crucial role in Global Fund processes while identifying key technical support requirements and mapping available expertise in the Southeast Asia region.  

Recommendations are based on three thematic areas:

Proposal development

This includes making timely and user-friendly information on how to become a Global Fund Principal Recipient (PR) available to civil society; and developing a quality control system so community-based organisations can be confident in the proposal writer they select to develop this.

CCM engagement

Participants agreed that there needs to be more sensitization to the need for increased civil society engagement with the CCMs, and advocate for the development of a mechanism to systematically support this. This would help increase dialogue between civil society members on the CCM, and government thereby making action more community driven.

Grant implementation

To support effective grant implementation, the findings recommend that community-based organisations are provided with a checklist of minimum capacity requirements.

Technical assistance

Capacity building needs in these thematic areas can be met by technical assistance providers in the region, but community-based organisations need to both allocate funds for this and also know where to access quality assured technical assistance that meets their specific needs.

The report includes a recommendation to the Global Fund to make technical support budgets within grants more flexible; for example to be able to increase spend on technical assistance to help achieve increased targets during the lifetime of a grant.

Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs

Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs are able to provide a range of technical assistance on Global Fund proposal development and grant implementation. The Hubs have substantial experience of providing technical support to CBOs and of HIV programming at community level, and are able to draw upon the Alliance’s experience of implementing Global Fund grants. Read more here.

Alliance linking organisations are currently Principal Recipients in 10 grants (7 Linking Organisations/Country Offices) and Sub-Recipient in 17 grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. See our Global Fund portfolio.

*The full report will be available at ICAAP at the Alliance booth in the exhibition hall (booth 29) and will be available as a PDF via the website. You can sign up to receive notification of all new Alliance resources by RSS feed.