The Regional Platforms for Communication and Coordination were established in 6 regions of the world by the Global Fund within its Community, Rights and Gender Special Initiative (CRG-SI) which was implemented throughout 2014-2016.
The work of the Platforms was reaffirmed to be executed throughout 2017-2019 within a new phase of the now called CRG Strategic Initiative.
In 2014 – 2016 the EECA Regional Platform was hosted by the Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine and was implemented in consortium with Alliance Ukraine Consultancy, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) and the East Europe and Central Asia Union of PLWH (ECUO). At the end of 2017 six civil society organizations were selected by the Global Fund to host the platforms and the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) has got a new host: the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA).
The regional platforms for communication and coordination are expected to have a key role in engaging civil society organizations and community networks in Global Fund processes. They are responsible to foster regional dialogue, exchange knowledge and good practices among civil society actors and networks, as well as to disseminating information on technical assistance opportunities across civil society and community groups across all countries where the Global Fund has grants and/or countries under Global Fund multi-country grants.
To progress towards these goals, during the next 2,5 years the EHRA in its role as a regional platform will be aiming to achieve the following objectives in EECA region:
Objective 1. Further the meaningful engagement of civil society and community groups through regular bi-directional communication and provision of accurate and accessible information to enhance the knowledge and participation of these actors in Global Fund related processes.
Objective 2. Improve the overall impact of Global Fund programs and interventions, and disease responses more globally through strengthened engagement of civil society and communities affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
Objective 3. Expand access to technical assistance for civil society and community groups through greater coordination with the CRG Strategic Initiative short-term TA component, as well as key national, regional and global technical assistance partners.
Objective 4. Support strategic civil society and community capacity development initiatives through fostering spaces for engagement and collective participation in key decision-making processes, in particular as they relate to community, rights and gender.
More specifically the EECA Regional Platform activities in next 2.5 years will include a number of national workshops for civil society and community organizations involved into the implementation of the Global Fund grants as sub-recipients or sub-sub-recipients; regional workshop for CCM members from EECA countries – representatives of civil society sector; support for NGOs and CBOs in development of the quality TA requests for the CRG Technical Assistance; improvement of access to the Global Fund related information through webinars, info notes, coordination calls; and other activities.
Who may approach the Regional Platform and regarding what issues?
The Platform’s activities will cover the following EECA countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Civil society organizations from these countries are eligible for technical assistance under the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Program.
The Platform is targeted at working with civil society organizations from the above mentioned EECA countries, including networks and community-based organizations representing the interests of such key affected populations as:
- People living with/affected by HIV, TB and malaria;
- People who use drugs;
- LGBT communities;
The Platform’s team will be happy to offer support in strengthening meaningful engagement of civil society and communities’ representatives in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Global Fund-funded programs in EECA, including:
– support in accessing the technical assistance for engagement at all stages of the funding cycle, including country dialogue, development of the grant proposals, participation in monitoring and implementation of the grant program, etc.
– support in accessing the technical assistance for the engagement in the development, implementation and monitoring of the strategy for the transition to sustainable development of HIV, TB and malaria programs.
– support with issues related to the Global Fund’s structure and activities at the global, regional and country levels, its relevant procedures and policies as well as opportunities for civil society and community representatives to participate in relevant Global Fund’s processes.
– help to obtain the information on other issues important for ensuring meaningful participation of civil society and community representatives in the Global Fund processes in order to strengthen the efforts against the three diseases in the EECA region.
What is the role of the Platform in the context of the CRG Technical Assistance Program?
One of the tasks of the Regional Platform is to raise awareness of civil society and communities about technical assistance opportunities under the Global Fund’s CRG TA program, and to assist the interested parties in development of the quality TA requests for the CRG Technical Assistance.
Therefore, if you have any questions about filling out the application form, or if you need advice on the possible content and/or quality of the request, please contact the Regional Platform.
At the same time, the Platform’s Team can’t influence in any way whether the request will be approved by the Global Fund Secretariat, to what extent and which organization – provider of technical assistance – will be assigned to your request.
Contact the Platform
Please address any questions regarding the work of the Platform or on the Global Fund’s CRG Technical Assistance Program to Ivan Varentsov, EHRA Sustainability & Transition Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org