The Board believes that civil society and the private sector can, and should, play a critical role at all levels of the architecture and within every step of the processes of the Global Fund, at both the institutional and country levels. This includes their critical roles in the development of policy and strategy and in resource mobilization at the Global Fund Board level, and in the development of proposals and the implementation and oversight of grants at the country level. The Board further expresses its desire for strengthened and scaled-up civil-society and private-sector involvement at both the country and Board levels, while recognizing the respective strengths and roles of the two sectors.
With this goal in mind - and also reaffirming the importance of effective Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs)1 in ensuring strong country-level development of proposals and oversight of grants - the Board recognizes the need to further enable civil society and the private sector to play their critical roles, facilitated by the following:
The Board requests the Secretariat to take the necessary actions and collaborate with partners to achieve the above outcomes, working with the relevant Board committee(s), where necessary.
In particular, the Board requests the Policy and Strategy Committee to agree on a suitable definition of the term "civil society", by building on existing work to that effect.
In addition, the Board requests the Portfolio Committee (PC) to do the following:
Regarding dual-track financing, the Board notes the following:
The Board requests the Secretariat to consult with the Finance and Audit Committee to further analyze and refine the estimates of budgetary implications, including possible costs and savings, of this decision and report its findings to the Sixteenth Board Meeting.