CRG Technical Assistance Program

The CRG Technical Assistance Program is one part of a US$16 million CRG Strategic Initiative approved for the new phase of the implementation by the Global Fund in November 2019. The Strategic Initiative aims to ensure that all people who are affected by the three diseases can play a meaningful role in Global Fund processes and ensure that grants reflect their needs.

The new phase of the Global Fund CRG TA Program will be implemented till December 2023. This Program is aimed to provide short-term peer-to-peer technical assistance on human rights, gender, community responses, community systems strengthening and other related areas to strengthen the engagement of civil society and communities across the grant cycle and priorities in Global Fund-related processes.

Important! EECA countries that have active HIV and/or TB Global Fund grants and are currently eligible for CRG technical assistance: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania (TB), Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (TB), Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Program provides support to civil society and community organizations to meaningfully engage in the Global Fund model. In particular, CRG technical assistance is available in three main areas of work:

  • Situational analysis and needs assessments
  • Engagement in country dialogue processes
  • Supporting design and implementation arrangements

Some examples of technical assistance requests include:

  • Support to design, plan and implement a consultation process to identify key population priorities for HIV funding request development
  • Designing and budgeting for community systems strengthening programs as part of the grant-making process
  • Engagement planning to strengthen participation of communities in Global Fund processes
  • Refining or validating tools that support community engagement in Global Fund-related processes
  • Proactive, peer-led community engagement support to civil society and community in sustainability and transition planning

You also may access some of the examples of the TA requests which were supported for TA provision in EECA in 2017 here.

Technical assistance is provided by 26 nongovernmental organizations – including key population networks, universities and civil society organizations – that were selected through an open tender process for their demonstrated skills and capacities on community, rights and gender competencies.

  • CRG Technical Assistance Program Providers List in English

The program currently does not support:

  • Strengthening Country Coordinating Mechanisms
  • Long-term capacity building of civil society organizations
  • Development of stand-alone tools that lack a focus on community engagement
  • Funding request writing
  • Direct service provision

Organizations can request CRG technical assistance at any time throughout the funding cycle. The short-term nature of technical assistance foresees that community experts can be deployed for approximately 30 days over a period of up to three months.

To learn more about CRG technical assistance, download these resources:

Requests should be submitted using the form and should be sent via email to Applicants must contact the CRG EECA Regional Platform for assistance in shaping the request prior to submission to the Global Fund.