Representatives of the two Africa constituencies to the Global Fund board of directors met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for their first ever in-person consultation!
During the first day, at the headquarters of the Africa Union, participants focused on issues related to the new funding model. They met first in small groups and then in plenary to discuss benefits and challenges. Mark Edington, head of the grant management division of the Global Fund’s secretariat, as well as other senior colleagues, were there to receive the input and offer information and clarification. (See Presentations from Addis Consultation.)
On the second day, the discussion moved to the next Global Fund five-year strategy, which is under development. After vigorous discussion, participants affirmed a set of recommendations (English and French) to be shared with other constituencies. This was timed to feed into the Global Fund’s first regional Partnership Forum, scheduled for the following days at the same venue.
At the end of the second day, Anita Asiimwe, board member representing eastern and southern Africa and vice chair of the board’s Strategy, Investment, and Impact Committee (SIIC), provided an update on the establishment of the Africa Constituencies Bureau. She also presented next steps, including establishing an office in Addis Ababa, utilizing the Ethiopian Public Health Association as fiduciary, and initiating the search for a new director. Participants welcomed the progress and affirmed the next steps.
Discussions were facilitated by Prof. Vinand Nantulyia, who is a member of the SIIC and chair of the Uganda CCM, and Senegal’s Cheik Tidiane Tall, Secetary General at Esther. Assistance (thank you!) was also provided by the African Population and Health Research Center, which has been supporting the constituencies’ board and committee representatives as well as the establishment of the Africa Bureau.