W4GF WEBINAR: THE GLOBAL FUND REPLENISHMENT OUTCOME AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3

On Monday 28 October Women4GlobalFunds’s (W4GFs) webinar on the 6th replenishment outcome and an update on Strategic Objective 3 was joined by 19 participants.

The purpose of this webinar was to discuss the replenishment outcome of 14 billion which enables 900 million to be made available for catalytic investments.  The next allocation period (2020 – 2022) marks the important mid-way point of the six-year Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022: Investing to End the Epidemics.

For those who would like to listen to the webinar recording please click on these links to listen to part 1 and part 2. The slides presented by the speakers are available in the links below:

  • The Global Fund slides were presented by:
    • David Traynor, Senior Technical Coordinator for Community Responses Policy & Strategy, Community Rights & Gender (CRG) Department.
    • Heather Doyle, Senior Coordinator on Gender, CRG Department
    • Rukia Mannikko, Technical Advisor- Gender, CRG Department
  • The Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board slides were presented by: Carolyn Gomes, Alternate Board Member.

Important resources highlighted on the webinar

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Webinar discussions and questions 

Question: Please tell us more about the matching funds. Will this work in the same way as before and have a match of a monetary commitment? Answered by the Global Fund: The Global Fund is in the process of developing and evolving the conditions of matching funds and are trying to find ways to encourage and support financial commitments and other changes that over time will contribute to a more effective HIV response. This is still work in progress and will also include incentivising the right changes.  The key message is we should not focus on the match as it has a catalytic effect but depending on country data we hope to see it as a priority. This is very much a work in progress.

Question: Are all the  indicators available on the Global Fund website? Answered by the Global Fund: Yes, they are part of the Modular Framework which is accessed online since June.  Some of the technical briefs are also available on the website and there is one coming soon on adolescent girls and young women and another one on gender equity to replace the one on gender equality.

Question: The update on gender equity versus equality is wise and strategic. As a reminder, W4GF was born out of a review on the gender equality strategy (GES) in 2011 which showed very little implementation of the strategy. A key issue was the lack of gender disaggregated data and we see that this remains a key issue. W4GF noted that the RESULTS report did not have a great deal of gender disaggregated data – we were expecting more – and this is followed by some recent WHO publications which are also silent on gender. We are shocked that so far into the epidemic we are seeing so little data and sex desegregated data – how far along are we with changing this? Answered by the Global Fund: There has been a data initiative and one area particularly focused on countries that are accessing matching funds for work with adolescent girls and young women. This was to support countries to collect age and sex disaggregated data and we are doing best on this in Sub Saharan and Eastern Africa. Progress is still slow and particularly weak when relating to transgender and non-gender conforming people; people using drugs (almost no sex and age desegregation) and sex disaggregation related to men who have sex with men and data on sex workers. However there is – across HIV and TB – a performance indicator around sex desegregation data the numbers have improved – at least 50% of countries – less on malaria – are reporting on sex desegregated performance indicators and that was not the case before. Whilst the Global Fund has improved the modular framework in this regard there is still a lot of resistance around the need for sex and age disaggregation data across different indicators. People – in particular female drug users and female prisoners – are dying because they are not being recognised and counted.

Question: Is it appropriate to make use of community programme data for funding requests in the event that national data is not available especially on sex disaggregated data for key populations? It would help if the Global Fund guidance could be more explicit on this. Answered by the Global Fund: Yes use it especially when it is recognised that there is not enough data around key populations. As long as you can show that the data source is acknowledged, reliable and credible. 

Question: If a country applied in window 1 in this funding cycle will they apply in window 1 of 2020? The allocation letters are to be send out on 17 December and country dialogues will start in January. What advice would you give to us from the time that the allocation letter is received to when the country dialogue starts?

Answered by the Global Fund: It is a fair assumption that if countries submitted earlier in the year then they will do so again. In this cycle they were six windows but the next cycle will only have three. The advice is START NOW! If advocates need support apply for CRG TA – countries are already reviewing their National Strategic Plans (NSPs). Funding applications will be put in place including roadmaps, strategies and in January dialogues will start and get engaged in the process. It is important to get in touch with CCMs and utilities the CRG TA. 

Answered by the Delegation: Start preparing now – know what you what to see. Get all the documents and read the TRP report – make sure you know what the CCM is planning and when. Submit an application for Global Fund TA – this application takes some time so get these applications in early! There is a massive opportunity around human rights and gender equality. To realise these opportunities we need to take full advantage of openings and fully engage and advocate for things from our communities to the Global Fund and insist voices to be heard and support the Global Fund’s new approach to ensure transformative human rights and gender equality to step up the fight.

The Developing Country NGO Delegation highlighted that there is a Global Fund Board meeting in two weeks and they are open too engaging with people ahead of that so please reach out to share your concerns. They are also able to bring this and formal communications to the Global Fund Board. To connect with the Developing Country NGO Delegation please write to Lesley Odendal – Focal Point for the Delegation – l.odendal@developingngo.org

The webinar was hosted by the W4GF Secretariat – Sophie Dilmitis (Global Coordinator) and Nyasha Sithole (Support Officer);Robin Gorna (Strategic Advisor) and four guest speakers: David Traynor, Senior Technical Coordinator for Community Responses Policy & Strategy, Community Rights & Gender (CRG) Department, Heather Doyle, Senior Coordinator on Gender, CRG Department, Rukia Mannikko, Technical Advisor Gender, CRG Department and Carolyn Gomes, Alternate Board Member, from the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board.