History of the Communities Delegation
At the 6th Global Fund Board meeting in 2004, the Delegation of Communities Living with HIV, and affected by Tuberculosis and malaria(Communities Delegation) became a full voting member of the Board of the Global Fund. Since then, the Delegation has been able to participate fully in the decision-making processes of the Global Fund through its various governance mechanisms.
Since taking a voting seat on the Global Fund Board, the Communities Delegation has been instrumental in affecting change in a number of important areas with the support of other civil society Delegations to the Global Fund Board and friends. Achievements include the Communities Delegation:
- Playing a key role in ensuring accountability of Global Fund Grants. One example of this was the decision to end the LoveLife grant, following a ‘No Go’ recommendation from the Global Fund secretariat. This was a controversial decision and the Communities Delegation affirmed the ‘No Go’ because of the slow progress with improvements and the substantial number of fundamental weaknesses that remained, despite the South African CCM being given significant time given to address the problems.
- Successful advocacy to ensure that Global Fund Board meetings no longer take place in countries that have travel restrictions against people living with HIV.
- Advocacy to ensure that the strategy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) was developed.
- Advocacy for the Community System Strengthening (CSS) strategy to be created, identifying seven core components to ensure its success.
- Advocacy for the development of the Gender Equality Strategy (GES), and the Gender Equality Strategy Action Plan (GES AP).
- Advocacy for an objective on Human Rights to be included in the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016.
- Advocacy for the Global Fund Strategy 2017 – 2022 to be more explicit on human rights and ensuring a higher focus on young people, and women and girls, as well as ensuring that middle income countries are not left behind by the Global Fund.