Strategy Development

6th Partnership Forums

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 to help identify areas of future focus for the next Global Fund Strategy.

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 Partnership Forums are a central part of the development of the next Global Fund Strategy, which is being developed through a highly consultative process. Priorities shared in the Partnership Forums will add to perspectives received through the strategy development process to date, including the input gathered through the Global Fund’s 2020 Open Consultation on Strategy Development, through which over 5,000 individuals from different regions and stakeholder groups contributed their suggestions.

The Global Closing on 15 March 2021 brought participants back together to consolidate recommendations from across the three regional Partnership 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 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 support global health security and solidarity 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.

Next Steps

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, to be approved by the Board in November 2021, with implementation of the new strategy beginning in 2023 after the Seventh Replenishment Conference. Detailed reports from each of the Partnership Forums (in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian), as well as updates on the strategy development process, framework, and narrative, are forthcoming and will be made available here.