Author: Sarah Gibson

2015 Concept Note Submissions – Technical Support Available for Communities

Gender equality advocates, including women living with HIV, have limited engagement in the process of Concept Note (CN) development and during the country dialogue process according to a survey commissioned by Women4GF (with the support of ASAP associates) among women advocates. This includes women’s advocates who are members of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and other related mechanisms at country level. Proactive involvement by gender equality advocates prior to the development of the CN can have a substantial impact on the quality and gender sensitivity of proposals, and this can happen through activities such as reaching out to the CCMs, being part of the CN writing team, and engaging other developmental partners for support during conversations at country level around Global Fund grant making activities. These should all be priorities for W4GF Advocates in countries that have not yet submitted their CNs. While most countries have already submitted their CNs some will do so in early 2015. A tentative list of countries expected to submit CNs to the GF in the next window in 2015 (across all components: HIV, HIV/TB, TB, Malaria and HSS) is here: Please see window 5 through window 8 found on page 12 and 13 in this document for clarity The Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) division of the Global Fund has established a technical assistance (TA) programme to support community groups including key affected women groups,...

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Update: Technical Review Panel (TRP) Feedback on Concept Note

The Technical Review Panel (TRP) as of last quarter 2014, reviewed 39 Concept Notes (CNs) of which 31 were approved for grant-making, with the remaining due for re-iteration and resubmission to address concerns highlighted by the TRP. The iterative process of the Funding Model is an ongoing feature to strengthen proposals for compelling cases of funding. While the TRP complimented the majority of countries for submitting CNs of high quality based on evidence and relevant programmatic strategies, it also highlighted areas where further strengthening was necessary for countries in the submission of stronger CNs. One of the key recommendations by the TRP was the necessity for countries to include Gender-sensitive Programmes within the CN based on gender analysis carried out through a consultative process at country level. This recommendation was strongly supported through independent review of CNs carried out by technical partners including UNAIDS and UN Women. Other emerging challenges highlighted by the TRP included: • CNs following the lead of National Strategic Plans, where gender issues are often not prioritised; • Issues being identified and well described (such as Gender Based Violence (GBV)) with data, but no interventions were included in the CN; • Very few sex-aggregated targets for key interventions such as Behaviour Change Communications (BCC); • Targeting of sub-populations of female partners of key populations did not occur; and • Gender-responsive interventions only being included within...

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