The Third Retreat of the implementer group of the Global Fund Board held in Kandersteg, Switzerland on 8-9 October 2015 issues the following communique:
The implementer group reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening implementers’ participation in, engagement of and accountability in the Global Fund Board, within the Group and their constituencies and noted the significant progress. In reviewing the progress over the past year, the retreat is pleased to note:
• Significant growth among implementers demonstrated by increased collaboration and participation and stronger implementer group interventions in board meetings;
• Strengthened internal governance through the development of vision and mission statements and constituency representation, strategy development, expansion of delegation membership and definition of clear procedures for consultation and participation processes;
• Increased meaningful participation in committees and in different consultation platforms;
• Improved and strengthened constituency internal operation and governance, including revision of constituency terms of reference;
• Increased communication within constituency through dissemination of Global Fund updates and constituency activities via Spanish and English versions of newsletter and website;
• Preparation and dissemination of Board Members quarterly reports;
• Regular briefings to Permanent Missions of LAC Member states based in Geneva;
• Analysed documents and decision points and shared with constituency;
• Formally launch of the Africa Bureau, which is now in the process of obtaining privileges and immunities status;
• Attendance and participation in all three Partnership Fora, including civil society pre-and post-meetings
• Partnering with CSO delegations and other governmental constituencies on common issues and sharing of information and expanded participation of civil society members and youth;
• Increased cost efficiency by exploiting various fora including the Partnership Fora for constituency meeting and planning;
• The Communities Delegation organised two community and civil society consultations for Global Fund Strategy development to solicit input and fora preparations;
• Supported the Network of Sex Workers Projects (NSWP) in developing core modules for regional trainings on the Global Fund for sex workers;
• Worked together and agreed within implementers on decision points that impact communities—including decision points on co-morbidities;
Collaborated with regional and country networks rolling out the new funding model. Shared information for writing the concept notes and for monitoring key performance indicators and communities’ involvement;
• Secured funding to strengthen constituency work;
• Conduced capacity building on New Funding Model (NFM) and risk management;
• Supported Global Fund replenishment through the establishment of a regional network;
• Increased participation in Global Fund structures, including working groups and committees;
• Conducted a gap analysis on constituency membership capacity;
• Increased collaboration between constituencies through a risk management forum.
• Risk Management Forum (RMF) in Dakar, Senegal: The Delegation mobilized resources from the GIZ as well as the OIG, to co-finance and host a two-day RMF in the francophone African region, hosted by Africaso. The process and event was coordinated by the delegation with support from The Global Fund Secretariat (risk management, regional and country teams) and GIZ with input from UNAIDS.
• Supported a regional consultation on strategy issues, with Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition;
• Mobilised resources to support full-time communication focal point, however the sustainability remains a challenge;
• Strengthened constituencies through a delegation retreat and a review of internal governance;
• Developed a strategy for the year with a work plan to guide implementation;
• Launched a delegation web site (www.developingngo.org) and strengthened social media engagement (Twitter: @developingNGOs);
• HSS/ CSS: Opinion piece and position paper developed and disseminated; and
• SDGs and human rights opinion article and position paper developed and disseminated via the Health and Human Rights Journal
None of these achievements would have been possible without the commitment of the constituencies, the support of the Global Fund Board leadership and the Global Fund Secretariat.
While there has been progress in several areas, there are challenges, including communication within and among constituencies due to language barriers and limited feedback, inadequate resources and sustainability. Additional challenges include:
• Sustainability of resources to support constituency’s operation;
• Sustainability/predictability in core funding—including for CFP position and funding for administrative support, communication and translation;
• Continuity of engagement and capacity building of Global Fund processes and mechanisms;
• Fostering engagement of the Global Fund Secretariat in promoting and supporting knowledge sharing and lessons learned among the LAC countries and CSO networks;
• Board member recruitment
• Timelines of Board and committee documents have improved, however, SIIC needs to improve dissemination timeframes;
• Obtaining access to information with the Secretariat;
• Need for an actual seat on the SIIC for meaningful community involvement;
• Maintaining membership participation throughout the term and between Board meetings, capacity and work load balance; and
• Improving the Global Fund Secretariat’s fiscal support. However, this presents an opportunity for external resource mobilization to maintain constituency functions and engagement;
The retreat discussed the OIG’s report on the assessment of the adequacy of implementers’ resources and made several recommendations which will be presented to the FOPC for endorsement and submission to the Board for approval.
The retreat endorsed a proposal for resource mobilization to support the core functions of the implementer group.
The retreat reviewed the new Global Fund Strategic Framework and Allocation Methodology, recommended changes in language.
We are pleased to announce that the new leadership is elected at the retreat meeting: Mr. Allan Maleche (Developing County NGO) as Chair and Prof Natalya Nizova (EECA) as Vice-chair for 2015 - 2017. We sincerely congratulate Allan and Natalya for their new roles and wish them very successful years ahead!
Full report is attached for you review.