One thing that has become clear in recent years is that people can be more effective at complex tasks when there is an open and unhindered flow of ideas and viewpoints and information.
The best workplaces are those where everyone is encouraged and recognized for coming forward with constructive ideas and suggestions. Whether you think of that as a ‘flat’ organization or as one without walls, the benefits are obvious. People are more effective and engaged, and innovation can emerge more easily.
In development work, such as work supported by the Global Fund to help our partners prevent and treat infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and care for those affected by them, it is essential that human interaction and information flow can flourish. Governments, health workers, administrators, technical experts, civil society and all people who desire to serve have to work in partnership to be effective.
The Global Fund launched a new funding model last week that is built to capitalize on open interaction and information flow. With more open dialogue between partners, we can more effectively support countries to confront and ultimately defeat these terrible diseases.
Our goal with a new funding model is to achieve greater impact in the lives of people affected by HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Through partnership, we will succeed.
The cornerstone of our new approach is continuous communication. It starts with dialogue among partners who are working together in each country. The partners and the approach will be tailored to each country because no one size fits all.
The new funding model also provides countries with more flexibility around when they seek support so it aligns with their own timing and needs. It also provides more predictability while encouraging a full consideration of the latest understanding of current trends in new infections, district by district, and the interventions that are most likely to have the greatest impact in each. For too long we have been constrained by the tyranny of averages rather than focusing on areas of high transmission and those most at risk. The new funding model strives to break free from those constraints to ensure that those most in need and at risk are reached with the highest quality services and programs.
In many places, those most affected and at risk are the most marginalized people in societies – young women, sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, prisoners. We have an historic opportunity not only to combat three plagues, but in so doing to lift up the human spirit and expand the human family. That can happen only if we listen to each other and work together.
We are focused on accelerating current programs that are already highly effective, and can translate funding into human impact while working harder in places with high burden of disease struggling to make significant progress in difficult circumstances.
We will also work with partners to support countries to consolidate existing funding streams from the Global Fund and redesign programs around coherent, strategic and high impact investments that are aligned with domestic and other external funding sources and that strengthen health delivery systems across the three diseases while actively pursuing investments in HIV, TB and malaria as platforms for broader health gains.
The new funding model offers a special opportunity for countries and partners to learn and adapt. We will keep the conversation open and work to fulfill our promise as a learning organization so that the new funding model process can adapt in real time.
By working together and listening to each other, the new funding model can transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and all of us who are privileged to share in their journey.