Successful Engagement of Key Populations in the Global Fund Country Dialogue Process: The Experience of Cameroon

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) is pleased to share a case study from Cameroon of the successful engagement of key populations advocates in the Global Fund country dialogue process. Under the Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM), community participation is required. In Cameroon, the successful engagement of key populations (sex workers, people who use drugs, MSM and transgender people) is a direct result of highly mobilized civil society leadership at the national level, and technical support delivered by the Community Action and Leadership Collaborative(CLAC).
In 2014, the CLAC’s global networks and respective country-level partners facilitated greater participation of key populations advocates and the development of high quality rights-based and evidence-informed activities focused on meeting the needs of key populations and other vulnerable groups in Cameroon. Their experiences can serve as a model for civil society organizations and advocates engaging now in the country dialogue process.
Good practices from the Cameroon experience include:

This process, beginning with community consultations, proved an effective way to ensure active engagement of key populations from the start, and to watchdog and hold stakeholders accountable.
To ensure that all those involved in the response have capacity to ensure that their voices are heard and to enable them to contribute in a meaningful way, the Global Fund is making available technical assistance focused on issues of community, rights and gender. The aim of the Community, Rights and Gender Technical Assistance Program is to ensure that key populations, communities and local civil society organizations are meaningfully engaged in the country dialogue and concept note development processes at the country level.
to access a downloadable PDF case study of the Cameroon experience.

The CLAC is a unique collaboration between AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and hosted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF).

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