Global Fund: Strategy 2017-2022

The Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022

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:

Figure: The Global Fund Strategy Framework 2017-2022


Overview – The Global Fund 2017 – 2022 Strategy 

Under Strategic Objective 1: Maximize impact against HIV, TB and Malaria there are five operational objectives. These are to:

  1. Scale-up evidence-based interventions with a focus on the highest burden countries with the lowest economic capacity and on key and vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the three diseases 

  2. Evolve the allocation model and processes for greater impact, including innovative approaches differentiated to country needs 

  3. Support grant implementation success based on impact, effectiveness, risk analysis and value- for-money 

  4. Improve effectiveness in challenging operating environments through innovation, increased flexibility and partnerships 

  5. Support sustainable responses for epidemic control and successful transitions.

Under Strategic Objective 2 Build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health there are seven operational objectives. These are to:

  1. Strengthen community responses and systems 

  2. Support reproductive, women’s, children’s, and adolescent health, and platforms for 
integrated service delivery 

  3. Strengthen global and in-country procurement and supply chain systems 

  4. Leverage critical investments in human resources for health 

  5. Strengthen data systems for health and countries’ capacities for analysis and use 

  6. Strengthen and align to robust national health strategies and national disease-specific 
strategic plans 

  7. Strengthen financial management and oversight.

Under Strategic Objective 3: Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality there are five operational objectives. These are to:

  1. Scale-up programs to support women and girls, including programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights 

  2. Invest to reduce health inequities including gender- and age-related disparities 

  3. Introduce and scale-up programs that remove human rights barriers to accessing HIV, TB and 
malaria services. 

  4. Integrate human rights considerations throughout the grant cycle and in policies and policy- 
making processes 

  5. Support meaningful engagement of key and vulnerable populations and networks in Global 
Fund-related processes.

Under Strategic Objective 4: Mobilize Increased Resources there are four operational objectives. These are to:

  1. Attract additional financial and programmatic resources for health from current and new public and private sources 

  2. Support countries to use existing resources more efficiently and to increase domestic resource mobilization 

  3. Implement and partner on market shaping efforts that increase access to affordable, quality- assured key medicines and technologies 

  4. Support efforts to stimulate innovation and facilitate the rapid introduction and scale-up of cost-effective health technologies and implementation models 

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.