Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)

The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) unites voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (see below for more details). The Secretariat is hosted by ICSS. Visit GFAN’s dedicated website to learn more about the work and campaigns.

GFAN was established in 2011 after the Global Fund pledging meeting in New York in 2010, at which the replenishment target was not met. Advocacy and activism in support of the Global Fund had thus far been happening on an ad hoc basis, and was mainly driven by the Global Fund Board’s Developing Country NGO Delegation. GFAN builds on and brings together existing structures, expertise and experience that has been developed and gathered since 2002 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 overall purpose of GFAN 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 maximize its impact. GFAN welcomes as its members all civil society organizations, Friends of the Fund groups and individuals that endorse GFAN’s goals, objectives and principles.

GFAN’s activities include:

  • a mailing list used for information-sharing and joint strategizing on the Global Fund
  • regular conference calls with colleagues around the world, featuring Global Fund staff, Board Delegation representatives and invited guests
  • a website with comprehensive Global Fund resources
  • online advocacy tools for members for resource mobilization campaigning and around key events
  • global and regional meetings of GFAN advocates to jointly review Global Fund progress and results, to strategize on key messages and advocacy, and to share experiences and review tools
  • GFAN Speakers Bureau comprised of advocates of the Global Fund who have or have been personally affected by the 3 diseases
  • technical partner and primary coordinator of the New Venture Fund for Global Fund Advocacy (NVF for GFA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides grants to support GFAN members in countries that can or should play a critical role in Global Fund replenishment
  • support two newly created regional initiatives: GFAN Africa and GFAN Asia-Pacific; a regional initiative is being explored in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • host Global Fund Networking Zones at International AIDS Conferences (2012, 2014, 2016)

Interested in becoming a GFAN member? Download the membership guide first. You can send a join request here.

What is the Global Fund?

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

The Global Fund is a financing institution and does not implement programmes. Instead, funds are disbursed to governments, international agencies, NGOs and private sector entities that take on programmatic and financial responsibility for the grants. Countries implementing these grants are also required to provide co-financing (called counterpart financing) to their national disease programmes.

The Global Fund is financed through cycles in order to identify and obtain predictable, long-term and sustainable financial support; countries, private foundations, corporations and faith-based organizations pledge funding at a replenishment conference hosted every 3 years.

Visit the Global Fund website for more information.

Why is the Global Fund so important?

The Global Fund is the main financier of international efforts against all 3 diseases and has developed a strategy building on scientific insights that allow us to see for the first time how we can fundamentally change the course of the epidemics.

As of the end of 2015, the Global Fund had saved 20 million lives, provided HIV treatment for 9.2 million people, had helped detect and treat 15.1 million cases of TB and had distributed 659 million bed nets to protect people, most often children under 5, most at risk from malaria.

Aside from funds pledged at the replenishment conferences, significant resource mobilization is still necessary for demand that the Global Fund cannot fund and for domestic resource mobilization in the fight against the three diseases.

It is the fragility of the Global Fund’s success that makes it critical for advocacy voices to strategize collaboratively, identify common platforms to share information and to generally coordinate work to ensure cohesive, effective advocacy.