In its efforts to support the involvement of key populations, community-based organisations, and civil society in the response to Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria epidemics, the Global Fund has selected a new group of Technical Assistance providers within its Community, Rights & Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative. We are proud to announce that Hivos has been selected for a second time in a row.
The CRG Strategic Initiative will provide support to civil society and community-based organisations to meaningfully engage in the Global Fund mechanisms at different levels: in-country dialogues, development of funding request, grant-making and grant implementation. We encourage national civil society and community-based organisations to actively apply for technical assistance to receive financial and technical support from the Global Fund and organisations like ours.
Hivos, along with the other selected organisations, is able to provide peer-to-peer support to help improving the quality and impact of civil society and community-led interventions funded by the Global Fund. Based on our track record and expertise working to address the legal, economic and socio-political barriers that limit access to quality health services by Key Populations (i.e. LGBTs, sex workers, drugs users, and other vulnerable groups such as young women and girls), Hivos can support human rights based programming and community systems strengthening interventions.
For us, this initiative from the Global Fund comes at a very important time as we see several global challenges that are increasingly jeopardising the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 90-90-90 Goals to end AIDS by 2030. These include: declining investments to support the HIV response, particularly community responses; democratic setbacks that are shrinking spaces for civil society; and ongoing rampant criminalisation and discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE), HIV status, or even drug use and sex work; among many others.
In this context, the Global Fund’s CRG Special Initiative arrives at the right time to help people affected by HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria play meaningful roles in the responses to these epidemics. We are glad to be able to provide the necessary assistance wherever we are needed. For more information, please visit the Global Fund’s website.