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Representatives Meeting Regional CCM Community

The Global Fund ATM (GF) launched its New Funding Model (NFM) in 2014 to replace the round based funding, which has been around ever since GF established in 2001. The Global Fund’s NFM aims to enable strategic investment for maximum impact. It provides implementers with flexible timing, better alignment with national strategies and predictability on the level of funding available. There is active engagement with implementers and partners throughout the funding application and grant implementation to ensure greater global impact. This new approach has led to more expectation laid in the hands of key stakeholders especially affected communities for increased quality of engagement and contribution throughout NFM process.

 

In the recent TRP report and during GFS partnership call in September 2014, it was indicated that although most of the submitted NFM concept notes and narratives contained good language and strong analysis on the communities and key populations, however these were not reflected in the development of intervention designs or in budget documents. This oversight reflects existing patterns that have been observed even since round based model; that the level of community involvement is mostly at higher level discussions and not necessarily during the development of more detailed documents - where specialized skills are usually perceived as a necessity for involvement. Therefore, many community and key populations representative miss the opportunity to have significant influence over the plans for both implementation and services.

Despite commitments and willingness to meaningfully involve the community groups, community involvement is still often perceived as political necessities rather than to benefit the overall outcome of the process and to improve intervention design. And on the other hand, when the process leaders are committed to involve the communities, significant challenges still occurred in operationalizing this commitment into reality by integrating it throughout the entire process. Therefore, the two problems that this project will be addressing are:

  1. Lack of skills, technical capacity & support, and coordination platform among community activists (including members of CCM coming from Communities) to enable them to be meaningfully involved throughout the Country Dialogue, grant making process and grant management & implementation of GFATM grant
  2. Lack of understanding, knowledge and skills among process leaders, experts and technical consultants on supporting meaningful community engagement in the GFATM processes. PNC+ Consortium is a consortium of global and regional PLHIV networks managed to partner with GF and RCNF and launched a collective effort in tackling the challenges by delivering a set of technical support for community representatives in country CCM. Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is the lead organization that is responsible to manage the consortium and its program activities, which implemented in cooperation with the consortium members, include Asia Pacific Regional Network of PLHIV (APN+), Caribbean Network of People Living with HIV (CRN+), and East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO). In Asia and the Pacific region APN+ together with 7 PLHIV networks and groups rolled out the initiatives in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam from June 2015. Entering the second phase of program implementation APN+ facilitate a regional meeting with all country partners to review results from last year as well as to prepare the program activities to be implemented until December 2016.

Objectives

  1. To review program results from last year and discuss country work plan for 2016.
  2. To identify cross cutting issues and develop a joint advocacy agenda related to community.
    engagement in CCM and other GF related process at country level.
  3. To increase knowledge and enhance PLHIV involvement in GF processes at country level among APN+ networks.


Expected Outputs

The meeting is expected to come out with these following outputs:

  1. Final country work plan for 2016
  2. Joint advocacy agenda and its implementation plan in 2016.
  3. Detailed plan of actions under regional positive peer learning program.


Outcomes of the meeting

  • Country Presentation:

7 countries, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam provide 15 minutes presentation on key results of phase 1 community CCM. The presentation included key challenges, recommendation and follow up action. Participants were freely offer the floor for questions, answers, comments and recommendations after respective presentation.



Group Work





Group Work Result 

 

Action Plan

  • Revision of work plan

Respective country encourage to submit revised work plan to APN+ one after the meeting as latest and activities must carefully followed by the agreement from the meeting especially group work. However, budget ceiling must keep the same amount of USD13,500.

  • Report:

The project is cover from June-Dec’16 with two times report submission. 1). Mid-Term Report, Jun-Sep’16 and 2). Final Report Oct-Dec’16.

  • Exposure Visit

All countries may make pair exposure visit and finally Cambodia was paired with Indonesia.