In 2012, a ‘writeshop’† brought colour to the complex process of providing technical support to Global Fund grant implementers. It was the culmination of an eight-month initiative for regionally-based consultants who provide support through the Alliance’s South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific Technical Support Hubs.
The result is a collection of case studies that reflect the experiences of technical support providers and bring to life the contexts they operate in.
Reading Spices and Silk you can find stories rich in cultural context that document how consultants have responded in challenging situations. For example, what happens when you turn up to advise on programme management to find a needle exchange without any needles, or when a community-based organisation refuses to see why keeping records is of any importance?
Through these stories we see how consultants are often asked to make the impossible possible, demonstrating why a pool of skilled local and regional experts is critical.
PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
Technical support has been vital to build the skills of recipients to manage, implement and report on Global Fund grants. Over the past decade the Global Fund portfolio has increased dramatically, now spanning 151 countries. The significant amount of funding, coupled with the need to demonstrate impact and value for money, has made more detailed reporting requirements essential.
CAPACITY BUILDING HUBS
Through the Technical Support Hubs we are able to support civil society beyond the Alliance. On average Linking Organisations receive 57% of the Hubs’ support, the remaining support responds to requests from other civil society organisations and governments, as well as the Alliance secretariat.
South-to-south technical support is provided on a needs-driven basis.
† A writeshop is an intensive process which brings together people with different perspectives on a subject. Written materials can be produced in a very short time by people who do not have the time to write extensively.
This case study is an example of how we support community-based organisations, which is response 2 of our 2010-12 strategy, HIV and Healthy Communities. Find out more about our impact in our 2012 Annual Review: Ambition and Acceleration.
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