Civil society (CS) involvement on the GF Board is considered to provide an important ‘reality check’, bring a different perspective to policy debates, and play an important role in agenda setting. It is critical in ensuring GF transparency and increasing the accountability of other global funding mechanisms, advocating for treatment access and a comprehensive response to the three diseases, increasing the focus on key affected populations (KAPs), and maintaining an emphasis on human rights.
There are three (3) CS seats on the GF Board: one seat for Developed Country NGOs, one seat for Developing Country NGOs, and one seat for Communities (NGOs with representatives of the Communities Living with the Diseases). These Board seats are referred to as “constituencies”. The ‘Civil Society, Developed Country’ constituency comprises NGOs based in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, as well as international NGOs headquartered in developed countries. The ‘Civil Society, Developing Country’ constituency comprises NGOs based in implementing countries, including faith-based organisations (FBOs), health care service providers, advocacy groups and professional associations. The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) provides coordination. The members of the ‘Communities’ constituency are representatives of NGOs composed of communities living with and/or affected by the three diseases. Therefore, it may also be politically astute to refer to the three seats collectively as the NGO Delegations.
Though technically it is the NGOs (the organisations, and not the people representing the organization) that hold the seats on the Delegation, representatives of the NGOs applies to fill the position of BM or ABM. It is intended that these representatives serve for the full term of service – two (2) years. (When the BM position becomes vacant, an open and competitive process is organised, and the ABM is allowed to apply for the BM position in open competition. Selected candidates are also expected to continue to support the Delegation after the end of his/her 2-year mandate at the Board.)
Board Members – who they are and how they are selected
Each constituency defines and decides among itself the specific process and criteria it uses to select which countries/organisations will represent them as Board Members, Alternate Board Members, Focal Points and committee members. Some constituencies have formal processes, some informal; the process itself is dependent on what is practical for that constituency. In the case of some of the civil society constituencies, membership is broadly defined and is open-ended.