Boost for HIV programming

HIV programming with key populations* receives a huge boost this week, with three out of the four Alliance supported Global Fund regional concept notes being approved.

Consortia around the world spent months developing regional concept notes for submission to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in January 2015. These are the first full round of regional programme proposals since the roll out of the Global Fund's New Funding Model last year. 

“Given how many Expressions of Interest were submitted and the small proportion that got approved, this is an extraordinary achievement. Testimony not only to the hard work put into proposal development by so many but also to the Alliance’s strong links, trust and reputation built over many years,” said Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance.

“Due to this the Global Fund will have a more balanced portfolio in relation to key populations and it represents a big chance to strengthen key population networks across Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.”

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The three successful proposals include:

  • One led by our regional partner REDLACTRANS to strengthen transgender organisations and their advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean, another led by our Linking Organisation in Kenya, KANCO,  working with a number of partners to strengthen harm reduction groups and work with people who use drugs in eastern Africa.

  • And another - led by HIVOS’ regional office - with strong involvement of our Linking Organisation in Namibia, Positive Vibes, to strengthen key population groups and their work in Southern Africa (AMSHER, ASWA, Coalitions for African Lesbians (CAL) and Gender Dynamix).

The remaining proposal, for the Middle East and North Africa region, led by RANAA has been resubmitted in partnership with our colleagues from MENAHRA and we hope to see this one approved in window 2.

The Alliance is one of the largest civil society implementers of programming funded by the Global Fund. Eight of our Linking Organisations are Global Fund Principal Recipients, and 11 more are Sub-recipients.

* Key populations are people most affected by HIV, as a result of stigma and discrimination, which varies according to context but includes sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBTI people and people living with HIV.