UNDP supports countries in helping to align their Global Fund new Funding Model applications not only in national disease and health strategies, but also more broadly in national development and poverty reduction strategies, and national budget processes and expenditure frameworks. It also engages countries in a strategic dialogue about sustainable financing of these programmes, especially middle-income countries where Global Fund support will be phasing out.
Over the years of its partnership with the Global Fund, UNDP has become a leader in implementing health programmes in the most difficult crisis contexts and conflict affected countries. As of July 2016 UNDP was managing Global Fund grants in Iraq, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, and other crisis countries. UNDP has recently become the Principal Recipient for new malaria, TB, HIV and health systems strengthening grants in Afghanistan. In Iraq and Syria UNDP is able to reach TB patients in Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-controlled and other contested areas. Under the Global Fund ‘Development Continuum Working Group’, UNDP chaired a sub-working group focusing on operating in challenging environments. UNDP also supported governments in Ebola-affected countries in adjusting their Global Fund programmes. UNDP connects the Global Fund work with its early recovery mandate in crisis and post-crisis countries.
The Global Fund is increasingly paying attention to the importance of building national capacity and resilient systems for health to ensure the sustainability of their investments into the three diseases. The renewed focus on resilient systems for health is becoming evident in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda and further stimulated by the lessons learnt from the Ebola crisis.
UNDP contributes experience and expertise developed while managing Global Fund grants. For instance, experience in El Salvador, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, and other countries at various stages of transition to national Principal Recipients can be of great value to the debate about how to strengthen programme, finance, procurement and supply management in the health sector; essential aspects of delivering vital health services to people.
In line with its current Strategy, the Global Fund is accelerating its efforts to operationalize its commitments on human rights, gender and reaching key populations. UNDP is supporting the Global Fund to translate those commitments at programme level. In addition, UNDP continues to leverage its role as Principal Recipient to advocate for the removal of barriers for Key Populations to access services. For more information, guidance and resources please visit the Critical Enablers section.
UNDP will continue to support countries in implementation of their Global Fund grants in countries facing difficult and special circumstances. Additionally UNDP provides procurement services, combined with capacity development support, for countries with Global Fund grants that are not managed by UNDP.
For more information please see the UNDP HIV Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021 ‘Connecting the Dots’.