Board Approves Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022

Strategy and Policy Head Harley Feldbaum presented to the Board on the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022:  Investing to End Epidemics.

The Board at a retreat in November 2014 identified key areas of focus for the Global Fund 2017-2022 Strategy period:

  • Ending the three epidemics
  • Sustainable impact and domestic funding
  • Key populations and human rights
  • Health systems strengthening (HSS)
  • Partnership
  • Challenging Operating Environments (COE)
  • Differentiation

The Strategy, Investment, and Impact Committee (SIIC) led a broadly consultative process to formulate the strategy including:

  • Three regional Partnership Forums with 300+ participants from 128 countries
  • 12-week e-consultation platform with 1,200+ participants from 143 countries
  • Dozens of focused meetings and consultations

The Board at its 34th meeting in November 2015 approved the Global Fund Strategic Framework 2017-2022.

The Board paper stated the strategy development process achieve three main goals:

  1. It assessed joint progress against the three diseases and looked at how best to adapt to a changing health and development landscape
  2. It achieved wide consultations within the Global Fund community about priorities for the future, what is working well, and what can be improved
  3. It charted a path for the new 2017-2022 Strategy towards an improved, focused, accountable, and impactful Global Fund for the future

The four Core Objectives and of the strategy are:

  1. Maximize Impact against HIV, TB, and malaria
  • Scale-up evidence-based interventions with a focus on the highest burden countries with the lowest economic capacity and on key and vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the three diseases
  • Evolve the allocation model and processes for greater impact, including innovative approaches differentiated to country needs
  • Support grant implementation success based on impact, effectiveness, risk analysis, and value for money
  • Improve effectiveness in COEs through innovation, increased flexibility, and partnerships
  • Support sustainable responses for epidemic control and successful transitions
  1. Build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH)
  • Strengthen community responses and systems
  • Support reproductive, women’s, children’s, and adolescent health and platforms for integrated service delivery
  • Strengthen global and in-country procurement and supply chain systems
  • Leverage critical investments in human resources for health (HRH)
  • Strengthen data systems for health and countries’ capacities for analysis and use
  • Strengthen and align to robust national health strategies and national disease-specific strategic plans
  • Strengthen financial management and oversight
  1. Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality
  • Scale-up programs to support women and girls, including programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Invest to reduce health inequities including gender- and age-related disparities
  • Introduce and scale-up programs that remove human rights barriers to accessing HIV, TB, and malaria services
  • Integrate human rights considerations throughout the grant cycle and in policies and policy-making processes
  • Support meaningful engagement of key and vulnerable populations and networks in Global Fund-related processes
  1. Mobilize Increased Resources Attract additional financial and programmatic resources for health from current and new public and private sources
  • Support countries to use existing resources more efficiently and to increase domestic resource mobilization
  • Implement and partner on market shaping efforts that increase access to affordable, quality-assured key medicines and technologies
  • Support efforts to stimulate innovation and facilitate the rapid introduction and scale-up of cost-effective health technologies and implementation models

The strategic identifies two Strategic Enablers:

  1. Innovate and Differentiate along the Development Continuum
  2. Support Mutually Accountable Partnerships

The Board unanimously approved the new strategy.