The Global Fund was conceived as a lean organization without country presence. Yet at the same time it needed to develop extensive contacts and allies throughout government structures, civil society stakeholders, and private sector partners not only in the country it serves, but also in donor countries.
To bridge this gap, an innovative solution was found. “Friends” organizations exist to raise awareness of the Global Fund among a broad range of stakeholders, promoting a good understanding of the Global Fund mission and mobilizing both political and financial support.
There are in total six regional Friends organizations. Each one is completely independent of the Global Fund and has its own core objectives, activities and governance structure. The Friends organizations receive no financial support from the Global Fund.
Those Friends organizations working in donor countries focus primarily on mobilizing public and political support for the Global Fund, whereas Friends organizations in implementing countries tend to focus their efforts on education about the three diseases, how to access Global Fund financing for countries, and resource mobilization.
For more information on each of the individual Friends organizations, select from the list to the right.
Friends of the Fund Europe
Friends of the Global Fund Japan
Friends Latin America and the Caribbean
Friends Middle East and North Africa
Friends of the Global Fight
Engaging With The Global Fund
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