The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) has been established to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
GFAN will build on and bring together existing structures, expertise and experience that has been developed and gathered over the last decade in support of the Global Fund, working with advocates, activists and affected communities in the South and the North, as well as Friends of the Fund organizations.
The Global Fund faces serious funding challenges. Where in past years a yearly Round for Proposals was launched, in the period 2011-2013 only one Round in 2011 is currently scheduled, due to lack of resources.
Broadening the donor base to achieve increased contributions is needed. This requires a substantially expanded resource mobilization effort that includes working with current (G8) donors, but will also increasingly focus on potential new donors – especially emerging economies (i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and others) – and innovative financing (such as Financial Transaction Taxes).
Goal of the Global Fund Advocates Network is:
To build a global social movement to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting and mobilizing advocates to communicate the urgent need, and demand full funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to maximize its impact.
To achieve this goal, GFAN’s objectives are to:
1. Support Advocacy and Resource Mobilization:
To empower and support GFAN members in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (including working with media) on global health and resource mobilization for the Global Fund.
2. Support Action:
To initiate and support powerful action of GFAN members at global, regional and national level.
3. Build the movement:
To facilitate and expand the membership network that constitutes the global social movement in support of the Global Fund, with increased participation from advocates and affected communities in implementing countries, current donor countries, and potential new donor countries.
GFAN will work according to a number of principles to which its members subscribe:
- GFAN will operate in an open, transparant and accountable manner;
- Information provided by GFAN will be accurate and up-to-date;
- GFAN will facilitate information-sharing and collaboration, but not directly engage in country-level work, nor be held responsible for the work carried out by its members;
- GFAN members act in a transparent and accountable manner, and do not engage in activities that may harm the reputation of the Global Fund (while remaining a critical watchdog);
- GFAN will closely collaborate with the Global Fund Secretariat but remain in an independent role.
GFAN welcomes as its members all civil society organizations, Friends of the Fund groups and individuals that endorse the GFAN goal, objectives and principles.
Are you interested in becoming a GFAN member? Please join our listserve via http://groups.google.com/group/globalfundadvocatesnetwork?hl=nl
GFAN Steering Committee (until December 2012)
- Javier Hourcade Bellocq – Latin America and the Caribbean (Steering Committee Chair), LAC Regional Representative International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Executive Director LAC Amigos del Fondo Mundial, Argentina
- Joanne Carter – North America, Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), USA
- Bill Bowtell – Pacific, Executive Director Pacific Friends, Australia
- Nonkosi Khumalo/Vuyiseka Dubula – Africa, Chair/General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa
- Diarmaid McDonald – Europe, Stop AIDS Campaign Coordinator, UK
- Rachel Ong – Asia, Communications Focal Point Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, Singapore
The full concept note of what GFAN is and wants to accomplish can be downloaded here