Global Fund resource mobilization efforts on track in leadup to Sixth Replenishment, Board is told

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16 May 2019
External relations director emphasizes importance of civil society and communities’ roles

The Global Fund’s Director of External Relations, Francoise Vanni, presented to the Board an update on the Global Fund’s resource mobilization efforts at the Board’s 41st meeting, held in Geneva on 15-16 May.  

Vanni’s presentation to the Board consisted mainly of a progress update on the Fund’s campaign for the Sixth Replenishment and its Pledging Conference, which will take place in Lyon, France, in October 2019, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The update addressed progress made since the last update to the Board in November 2018, the key priorities leading up to the Pledging Conference, key risks, and the Fund’s approach to managing them.

Progress made since November 2018

The summary of progress the Fund has made so far towards its resource mobilization strategy and the Sixth Replenishment included the launch of the Summary Investment Case – and the overall target of at least $14 billion – on 11 January in Paris, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, and WHO Executive Director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; the launch of the Private Sector resource mobilization target ($1 billion) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January; the completion of the Preparatory Meeting held in New Delhi, India on 7-8 February, where the full Investment Case was launched; the Africa Leadership Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9 February, at which African leaders expressed commitment to increase investment in health and support for the Replenishment; the launch of the #Love More Give More campaign by GFAN Asia Pacific and deployed in more than 45 countries, engaging the support of communities living with the three diseases; and the Global Fund’s mobilization for TB Day (24 March 2019) and Malaria Day (25 April 2019).

Vanni told the GFO seperately that she considered the launch of the full Investment Case (IC) in India to be a key achievement in the progress made so far in resource mobilization, in that it was the first preparatory meeting for a Replenishment held in an implementing country, and had been effective in “showcasing how implementing countries can take the lead in the fight against the diseases.”

Key priorities leading up to October Pledging Conference

With five months to go until the October meeting, Vanni described the Sixth Replenishment campaign as now entering a second and more intensive phase, focused on further expanding the Investment Case’s messages and themes, as the Fund deploys a multi-faceted communications campaign to mobilize broad political and public support; securing additional early pledge anouncements; ongoing advocacy and mobilization of Champions for the Global Fund Replenishment as well as for domestic resource mobilization; and managing risks identified in the Organizational Risk Register.

Vanni outlined the Fund’s key priorities in the remaining months before the Sixth Replenishment, noting that the related workstreams are all on track; the Secretariat’s Replenishment communications plan, which is tailored for specific donor markets and focuses on key moments in the campaign, has been deployed; that collaborations with key advocacy partners were well underway; and that coordination with the French Government – and leveraging France’s G7 Presidency – were “paramount” to a successful Replenishment.

When speaking with the GFO just before the Board meeting, Vanni re-emphasized the critical nature of partnership for a successful Replenishment, as well as civil society’s and communities’ roles in making their voices heard to amplify the Investment Case’s messages. “I’m really seeing that in action – it helps keep the momentum really high to support the Replenishment in a very powerful manner,” Vanni said.

Vanni described the Investment Case as “strong in terms of its substance”, and in its positioning the Global Fund as part of the Global Action Plan towards the achievement of SDG 3 (the health-related Sustainable Development Goal). Building on her point about the role of civil society and communities, Vanni said it was very important that the Fund position itself together with other partners. The IC was also strong in terms of emphasizing that “we need to step up the fight – but we also need to do things differently, because ‘business as usual’ is not enough.”

Key risks and how the Fund is managing them

The update to the Board states that the most significant risks to replenishment (or future funding) are factors that might weaken support from major donors, such as loss of donor confidence, reputational damage, or external factors that are out of the Global Fund’s control. The Board paper notes that these risks remain broadly the same as those reported to the Board at the last Board Meeting. Risk drivers, as defined in the Organizational Risk Register, include perceived underperformance or lack of responsiveness to donor requirements or priorities, and perceived lack of coordination/collaboration with global health partners.

Vanni told the GFO that from her perspective, mitigating these risks relies on two things: first, the Fund’s performance (“how compelling is our case in terms of achieving results?”) and second, on partnership (“there is no risk that we can mitigate or manage by ourselves”). She underscored the importance of building and maintaining trustworthy and communicative relationships with all the Fund’s partners, including donors, implementing countries, civil society, and Board members.

Decision Point on Restricted Financial Contributions    

The Resource Mobilization session, which took place on the first day of the meeting, also saw the approval of a Decision on Restricted Financial Contributions, intended to maximize private sector engagement and advance towards the Global Fund target for private sector contributions to the Sixth Replenishment of $1 billion. The Global Fund has said that it wishes to make it easier for private-sector partners to engage with the Fund. This amendment aims to allow restricted funding for catalytic priorities, as well as for important gaps in some grants, both Board approved.

The Audit and Finance Committee will continue to provide close oversight and monitoring of the conditions around restricted financial contributions.

The relevant Decision Point can be found at https://www.theglobalfund.org/media/8456/bm41_decisionpoints_report_en.pdf

Board Document GF/B40/17 (Resource mobilization and replenishment) should also be available shortly at https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/board/meetings/41/.

Editor’s note: This article is dated 16 May, which is when this article was uploaded into our automated system. The article was not published until 17 May, the day following the Board meeting. This respects our agreement with the Global Fund concerning when we publish articles that are based on the content of the Board papers.

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