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COVID-19 Response: Guidance on Country Dialogue and Human Rights

14 April 2020

The Global Fund has published new guidance on country dialogue and on human rights for countries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Country dialogue

The Global Fund is committed to ensuring that input from those closest to and living with HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are included in every funding request to the Global Fund. Their input is critical to ensuring that programs are effective and designed to help those most impacted.

Inclusive country dialogue and the engagement of civil society, communities, and key and vulnerable populations in the development of funding requests remains a requirement for receiving financing from the Global Fund.

To help ensure that these vital processes continue, the Global Fund has published new guidance on how to host a virtual dialogue that is inclusive and transparent:

The guidance note includes:

  • Tips and tools for a virtual country dialogue
  • Points to consider when choosing tools and platforms
  • A case study on virtual consultation done well
  • Guidance on repurposing Country Coordinating Mechanism funds for supporting virtual country dialogue

Additional information is available in our questions and answers document:

Human rights

A rights-based and gender-responsive approach will enable countries to best respond to COVID-19, including in the context of the ongoing epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria.

The Global Fund, committed to human rights and gender equality, has published new guidance on human rights in the time of the pandemic:

The guidance note covers:

  • Global Fund commitments on human rights and gender
  • What the minimum human rights standards that all Global Fund grantees must commit to mean in the current context
  • How programs to remove human rights-related barriers to HIV, TB and malaria services can be adapted and expanded
  • Why strengthening community-based capacity to protect health rights is particularly important now, and what should be done concretely to make that happen
  • Funding applications for the 2020-2022 allocation
  • Longer-term implications