Technical assistance provision within the Global Fund’s CRG TA program: example from Kazakhstan (2019 – 2020)

In December 2019, the Kazakhstan Union of PLWH decided to seek support from the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance (TA) Programme implemented within the Global Fund Strategic Initiative, in order to strengthen the engagement of KPs in the development of the country proposal for the HIV Global Fund grant for 2021–2024. Provision of technical assistance was approved by the CRG Department of the Global Fund Secretariat in January 2020. The Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM) – one of the 24 organisations pre-selected by the Global Fund in late 2019 as a TA provider within the TA Programme – was selected to provide technical assistance. In the course of TA provision, a broad consultation was organised with the representatives of all key populations, including PLWH, to define the priority interventions to be included in the new country proposal, with most interventions and activities offered by the communities included in the final version of the proposal that was submitted to the Global Fund.

The budget for technical assistance provided within the Global Fund CRG Programme to Kazakhstan was USD27,500. Technical assistance was delivered during February-May 2020.