From 2 February to 15 March 2021, approximately 350 representatives from across the Global Fund partnership came together for the 6th Partnership Forums to review input, evidence, and guidance received on strategy development and to help identify areas of future focus for the next Global Fund Strategy. The 6th Partnership Forums are a central part of the development of the next Global Fund Strategy, which is being developed through a highly consultative process.
These forums brought together stakeholders from across the Global Fund partnership, through three regional meetings that spanned Eastern Europe and Latin America; Africa; and Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th Partnership Forums were convened virtually with stakeholders providing input through a mix of plenaries, topic booths and more than 130 breakout group discussions.
The below reports provide a detailed overview of recommendations for the next Global Fund Strategy from the 6th Partnership Forums’ regional meetings as well as the Global Opening and Closing.
Priorities shared in the Partnership Forums add to perspectives, evidence and input received through the Strategy development process to date, including the input gathered through the Open Consultation on Strategy Development, through which >5,500 individuals from different regions and stakeholder groups contributed their suggestions.
The Global Opening on the 2 February 2021 convened all participants to build momentum and set the stage for the Partnership Forums, and was followed by three regional meetings. The Global Closing on 15 March 2021 brought participants back together to consolidate recommendations from across the three regional forums. Placing communities front and center of the next Strategy was a core priority that stood out across the regional discussions. Another common theme across the regional forums was the need to maintain the focus on HIV, TB and malaria while contributing to building resilient and sustainable systems for health through integrated, people-centered approaches, and to contribute to pandemic preparedness and response through rights-based approaches, building on areas of Global Fund strengths. Stakeholders also highlighted, among other areas, the critical need to redouble efforts to address equity, human rights and other structural barriers, and better tailor programs to local contexts. Watch the Global Closing of the Partnership Forums.
Equipped with this evidence and input from across the partnership, the Global Fund’s Strategy Committee and Board are taking forward discussions to develop the Global Fund’s post-2022 Strategy, expected for approval by the Board in November 2021, with implementation of the new Strategy beginning in 2023 after the 7th Replenishment Conference.