In April 2016, the Board of the Global Fund approved the organization’s strategy for the period 2017 to 2022, titled ‘Investing to End Epidemics’. The strategy was developed through an extensive consultation process that took place during 2015- 2016. Consultation included donors, technical partners, communities affected by the diseases, and implementers, and a series of Partnership Forums. Themes which emerged from these stakeholder consultations included: the need to better address challenges faced by women and girls; the need to support resilient and sustainable systems for health; and the need to strengthen work on sustainability and human rights
The strategy is based on a framework of four objectives:
Under Strategic Objective 1: Maximize impact against HIV, TB and Malaria there are five operational objectives. These are to:
Under Strategic Objective 2 Build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health there are seven operational objectives. These are to:
Under Strategic Objective 3: Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality there are five operational objectives. These are to:
Under Strategic Objective 4: Mobilize Increased Resources there are four operational objectives. These are to:
With the approval of the strategy by the GF Board in April 2016, the next step is to operationalize these goals and to develop a key performance indicator framework that will allow measurement of progress.
The new strategic framework is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in September 2015, and underlines Global Fund commitment to contribute to building resilient and sustainable systems for health together with robust national strategies for health and with national disease-specific strategic plans in each country.