The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) was established to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. GFAN builds on and brings together existing structures, expertise, and experience that has been developed and gathered over the last decade in support of the Global Fund, working with advocates, activisits, and affected communities in the South and the North, as well as Friends of the Fund organisations. The Global Fund faces serious funding challenges. Where in past years, a yearly Round for Proposals was launched, in the period 2011 – 2013, it is only expected that some countries will have top-ups during the transition phase of the NFM in 2013. Broadening the donor base to achieve increased contributions is needed. This requires a substantially expanded resource mobilisation efforts that includes working with current (G8) donors, but also focusing on potential new donors – especially from the emerging economies such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and the G20, the private sector, and innovative financing (such as the Financial Transaction Taxes (FTT).

Goal of the Global Fund Advocates Network

To build a global social movement to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting and mobilising advocates to communicate the urgent need, and demand full funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to maximise its impact. To achieve this goal, GFAN’s objectives are to: 1. Support Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation: To empower and support GFAN members in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (including work with media) on global health and resource mobilisation for the Global Fund. 2. Support Action: To initiate and support powerful action of GFAN members at national, regional, and global level. 3. Build the movement: To facilitate and expand the membership network that constitutes the global social movement in support of the Global Fund, with increased participation from advocates and affected communities in implementing countries, current donors countries, and potential new donor countries.

GFAN Principles

GFAN will work according to a number of principles to which its members subscribe:

  • GFAN will operate in an open, transparent, and accountable manner;
  • Information provided by GFAN will be accurate and up-to-date;
  • GFAN will facilitate information-sharing and collaboration, but not directly engage in country-level work, nor be held responsible for the work carried out by its members;
  • GFAN members act in a transparent and accountable manner, and do not engage in activities that may harm the reputation of the Global Fund (while remaining a critical watchdog);
  • GFAN will closely collaborate with the Global Fund Secretariat but remain in an independent role.

International Civil Society Support (ICSS) supports the day-to-day work of GFAN:

  • Peter van Rooijen, Executive Director,
  • Katy Kydd Wright, GFAN coordinator,

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