Key populations (KPs) are disproportionately impacted by HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. But programs serving key populations are all too often underfunded.
To address these disparities, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria encourages countries to prioritize key populations in their grant applications and national programs. However, often the administrative procedures of large institutions like the Global Fund are complex and cumbersome, making it difficult for key population-led grassroots organizations to access funding they need.
The Community Leadership and Action Collaborative (CLAC) has developed a newly updated toolkit which aims to help to make the Global Fund policies and procedures more accessible to key populations, which is now available to download for free online. This is the second version of the Global Fund Toolkit developed by CLAC, which began in 2016 as a unique collaboration between the Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), MPact, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) and MPact Global for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (MPact).
The toolkit includes a facilitators guide, training module, and suggested agenda for a two to three days training workshop supported by PowerPoint slides, break out workshop exercises, detailed reference material and advice on sources of additional information and support.
The 2019 toolkit and facilitators guide include the following topics:
- Global Fund and PEPFAR processes and structures
- Key policies: human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), gender equality
- Overview on funding opportunities and procedures
- Guidance on how to apply for funding for human rights and gender related barriers, scaling up programming for KPs, and strengthening community responses
- Overview on WHO implementation tools (MSMIT, SWIT, IDUIT, TRANSIT)
- Contacts, resources, and technical assistance, opportunities
- Overview of Global Fund policies re sustainability, transition & co-financing (STC) and catalytic investments
The toolkit will be of particular interest to human rights and key populations organizations and networks interested in hosting trainings to support their communities’ ability to access international funding. Individual activists and advocates interested in better understanding Global Fund mechanisms, as well as how WHO implementation tools can improve programming for KPs, will also find the toolkit informative.
This kit has been developed so that it can be relevant to a wide variety of regional and local circumstances. Facilitators should feel free to adapt the resources provided and adjust the agenda to meet the needs and interests of the participants involved in the workshops. As much as possible the workshop aims to lead to concrete outcomes. Each module is followed by a breakout or plenary discussion where participants are invited to develop concrete plans and next steps to engage the resources made available by the Global Fund.
The toolkit will soon be available in Spanish, French, and Arabic.
The plan is to make this toolkit a living document, which will require regular updating. Feedback and comments should be sent to Nadia Rafif, Director of Policy at MPact firstname.lastname@example.org.