UNDP and the Global Fund partnership

UNDP and the Global Fund partnership

As a co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and a member of the UNAIDS delegation to the Global Fund Board, UNDP engages with the Global Fund on important substantive policy and programmatic issues. In line with its core mandate, UNDP promotes the incorporation of good governance, human rights and gender initiatives into Global Fund grants and programming. UNDP also ensures that financing reaches key populations affected by HIV such as sex workers, gay men and men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who use drugs. UNDP promotes alignment of grants with national development plans and poverty reduction strategies, and contributes to the further enhancement of the country-level governance of Global Fund programmes that adhere to principles of national ownership and effectiveness. UNDP has also been instrumental in supporting outcomes, as well as supporting the Fund in shaping its strategies on gender equality and sexual orientation and gender identity, and by serving as Permanent Observer on the Global Fund Human Rights Reference Group.

UNDP also functions as a Global Fund grant interim Principal Recipient (IPR) supporting the delivery of HIV, TB and malaria programmes in countries facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and also supporting multi-country programme grants. Read more on the work and role of UNDP on our Home Page and About Us as well as Our Results.

Through the role of interim PR and other functions, UNDP works to strengthen national systems for health by providing guidance and facilitating initiatives that:

  • Increase the participation of communities and people, particularly those infected and directly affected by the three diseases, in the development of proposals
  • Support public health interventions that address social and gender inequalities, as well as behaviour practices that fuel the spread of the 3 diseases, and
  • Eliminate stigmatization of, and discrimination against, those infected and affected by HIV, especially for women, children and other vulnerable and key populations.

UNDP also serves as the Principal Recipient for Global Fund multi-country grants with a focus on removing legal barriers to services and strengthening the capacity of key populations to design, deliver and evaluate services, such as those described below:

The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (Phase 2) for 2013 to 2016. The overall goal of the programme was to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men, hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS). The United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub serves the role of interim Principal Recipient. Participant countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Africa Regional Grant: the programme objectives are to strengthen evidence-based legal reforms, strengthen access to justice and enforcement of supportive laws and policies; improve regional and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations, and to strengthen the capacity of regional non-governmental organisations to take on PR roles. The grant duration is January 2016 to December 2018 and participant countries include Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  UNDP is the PR for the grant in collaboration with four African civil society organizations - the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, ENDA Santé, the Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network, and the Southern African Litigation Centre . These organizations have recognized expertise in documenting human rights violations, in strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity-strengthening.

Caribbean Regional Grant: UNDP is the PR for a grant to enhance access to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries – Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The primary implementing partners are two leading Caribbean civil society organizations – Caribbean Vulnerable Communities based in Jamaica and Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral based in the Dominican Republic. The grant focuses on promoting and protecting human rights and access to HIV services for key populations such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, marginalized young people and those using drugs, all of whom often bear the highest burden of HIV infection in the region.

In the countries where UNDP is not an interim Principal Recipient, UNDP is available upon request to work with countries to advise and support programmes in the area of good governance, key populations, human rights, law and gender.

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