Author: Sophie Dilmitis

Share best practices of community engagement around women and girls in Global Fund-related country processes

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria places strong emphasis on the meaningful engagement of communities and civil society organisations in its processes. The roll-out of the Global Funds current funding model over the past two years has created new spaces for engagement – through the country dialogue, concept note writing and grant-making processes. (Resources are available – see our e-learning courses or Engage! publication for more). The Global Fund would like to create greater public and donor awareness about this development through sharing information about instances where improved community engagement is making a difference.  We hope that giving visibility to this progress may result in enhanced civil society and community engagement in other countries and contexts. The GF needs your support and collaboration to identify and document best practices of community engagement in Global Fund-related processes at the country level. The strongest examples will feed into a Global Fund short issue brief on how meaningful community engagement results in improved grants and programs. Share examples of meaningful community engagement that have led to positive change, please take a moment to answer the three simple questions below. Based on your submission, the Global Fund Secretariat may be in touch with follow-up questions.   Best practice submission: Respond to caitlin.chandler@theglobalfund.org by June 10, 2015  The following format should be followed: Name: E-mail: Country/applicant: Organization/network: Constituency or community you represent: 1.       Please briefly describe the example of meaningful community engagement...

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Interview with Zelda Nhlabatsi – Executive Director of Family Life Association of Swaziland and Chair of the Swazi Country Coordinating Mechanism

The following is an interview that was conducted on May 7, 2015 at the Partnership Forum in Addis Ababa by W4GF Programme Coordinator, Ms Sophie Dilmitis with Ms Zelda Nhlabatsi from Swaziland. Ms Nhlabatsi is the Executive Director of Family Life Association of Swaziland, as well as a W4GF advocate, who participated in the very first W4GF Global Workshop in July 2013, as well as the W4GF Africa Workshop in December 2013.   Q: Last time we spoke you had just become chair of the CCM – How has that been for you?  What challenges have you faced?  How is...

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Reflections from Women4GF at 1st Global Fund Partnership – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7 – 8 May 2015

 Reflections from W4GF Programme Coordinator, Sophie Dilmitis According to the Global Fund bylaws, the Partnership Forum (PF) is part of the governance structure of the Global Fund as one of the four integral pillars (joining the Board, the Secretariat, and the Technical Review Panel). The PF aims to reach out to an even wider audience of stakeholders, including those who are not normally involved in Global Fund As part of the Global Fund Strategy 2017 – 2021 Development Process, the Global Fund held its first PF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7 – 8 May 2015, with a two-day pre-meeting (5 – 6 May) and half day debrief (8 May) organised by the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Department with communities and civil society. All members of civil society – women and men – present at the PF affirmed my strong conviction in our collective knowledge, expertise and our ability to positively impact the three diseases. We came to the Partnership Forum, representing constituencies, to influence the Global Fund – advocating for our own agendas. Even though our focus areas differed there was great solidarity amongst communities and civil society, and an understanding that all of us are entitled to rights, and should be supported by the Global Fund to achieve impact around HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria. A number of people at the PF, including key populations from Ethiopia...

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3rd June 10:00 – 11:00 CET: W4GF Webinar – Debrief from Global Fund 1st Partnership Forum, Addis Ababa

Join W4GF Advocates for a webinar on the 3rd June Wednesday 2015 to debrief on the Global Fund 1st Partnership Forum that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 7 – 8  May 2015. The purpose of the Webinar is for W4GF advocates and partners to share experiences and provide an update from the participation at the Partnership Forum held by the Global Fund in Addis Ababa from 7 – 8 May 2015, including experiences from the 2 days pre-meeting and half day debrief held for civil society and communities participants. The Webinar will cover the following: Reflections from the Global Fund Secretariat Analysis of the key issues on gender, women and girls from the pre-meeting and the PF Questions and discussions from Webinar participants not at the PF Next steps and actions. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP before 28th May sophie@women4gf.org  and note the following details: Please join the webinar through your computer, tablet or smart phone at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/313068197 and kindly note that we will not be able to dial people in. You can join the webinar through your tablet or smartphone by downloading the GoToMeeting application onto your device. Please note that the application needs to be downloaded on your device before the call. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You’ll sound best with a headset. The meeting password is W4GF2015 This Webinar will take place across...

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