2019 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans: How to Get Involved!

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With the start of 2019 comes the beginning of the new PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) and Regional Operational Plan (ROP) processes.

Early in January 2019, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) published the final version of the 2019 PEPFAR COP Guidance. MPact and our partners in the PEPFAR Watch Coalition provided intensive comments last December, and expressed our concern about a noticeable trend to deemphasize key populations in the U.S.’ contribution to the global HIV response.

It is crucial that civil society advocates and key population groups:

  • Understand the key directives of the 2019 COP Guidance
  • Remind PEPFAR teams of their responsibilities to key populations
  • Be prepared to report to OGAC and to their local, regional, and global civil society peers when and if PEPFAR teams fall short.

We encourage activists to read the Civil Society Rough Guide to the PEPFAR 2019 Country Operational Plan (COP) Process. This resource was prepared by the PEPFAR Watch Coalition to help civil society members get more involved in advocacy to influence what PEPFAR is doing in their country.

This year’s guide includes:

  • timeline of important steps in the FY 2019 COP process;
  • A brief orientation to diving into PEPFAR program data;
  • Key steps to influencing PEPFAR country plans; and
  • Other top tips and answers to frequently asked questions.

Key Dates for Civil Society in the 2019 PEPFAR COP Process

NOW is the time to be preparing a written submission regarding what you think should change in the next PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP). To assist you in the process of setting recommendations for PEPFAR for the COP 2019 cycle, please find here a template to help outline your key interventions.

Remember to think through the following:

  • What is the civil society priority area?
    • What intervention should PEPFAR be doing?
  • What is PEPFAR doing on this intervention in COP19?
    • See the COP18 (and SDS) documents, pull out the specific language, and look at the latest data. How well are they doing?
  • What should PEPFAR be doing in COP19?
    • Outline what you want to see. Be specific. Who should be covered? Where? What is the target they should meet? What language would you like to see in the COP? What budget is required?
  • January 2019: the formal PEPFAR process begins – this is the time to identify your priorities change and to meet with your peer
  • The week of January 28-Feb 1: PEPFAR teams are scheduled to hold a “strategic retreat” that includes local CSO representatives to discuss the 2018 COP process: be invited and come prepared
  • February: Preparation for in person planning meetings: prepare a written submission
  • March 4-22: PEPFAR country and Washington DC teams, country and global civil society, government, UNAIDS and Global Fund gather in Johannesburg for five-day meetings where they will lay out the priorities for COP 19
    • March 4 to March 8, Group 1: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
    • March 11 to March 15, Group 2: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • March 18 to March 22, Group 3: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Ukraine, Vietnam, West Central Africa
  • March: Country Operational Plan is drafted and shared for feedback.
  • March 29 (Group 1) – April 5 (Group 2) and April 12 (Group 3): PEPFAR teams required to submit draft COPs (SDS) to OGAC
  • April 15-25: PEPFAR COP Virtual Approval

Yours in global solidarity,

As always, we greatly value receiving your thoughts and feedback, which help reinforce our advocacy efforts at local, regional, and global levels.

Nadia Rafif, Director of Policy at MPact: nrafif@mpactglobal.org

Download the Civil Society Rough Guide to the PEPFAR 2019 COP Process

Available in Français • English • Português

RSVP for the webinar (Feb 7 in French)