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Latin American Network of People Living With HIV or AIDS - RedLa+

Issue No. 2
December 15 de 2003
Cali, Colombia

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BACKUP Initiative

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Latin America and the Caribbean
Meet in Panama

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BACKUP initiative

What? Who? How?

The purpose of the BACKUP Initiative is to help counterpart countries take advantage of the opportunities given by the Global Fund for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), this strategy was implemented by the German Cooperation Agency GTZ in Latin America and the Caribbean with its own resources.
The core of the strategy is to advice The Country Coordination Committees (CCM) on writing, implementing and specifically aiding with the Follow-up and evaluation tasks.

The initiative also supports the CCMs under development and strengthening of their management and technical control capabilities of the processes related to the Global Fund, as well as other similar initiatives.

The BACKUP initiative from the German Cooperation for Development, GTZ, receives technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Fund, ONUSIDA and the World Labor Organization (WLO).

Who can make a proposal?

Government, non-government, educational and private sector institutions that are interested parties in the GFATM process and other global initiatives for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Relationship between the Global Fund and the CCMs

The purpose of the Global Fund is to attract and distribute additional resources for the prevention and treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as a joint effort between governments, civil society, the private sector and the affected communities.

In close collaboration with bilateral and multilateral cooperation bodies, the Global Fund’s process is designed to encourage the participation of local performers and ensure transparency in decision-making and operations.

In this context, governments from developing countries, along with the civil society and cooperation partners, make up the Coordination Committees of the Country (CCM). Each committee is responsible for preparing the national proposal and formulating and implementing processes complimented and coordinated with national and regional programs to support policies and priorities in the country.

In order to facilitate attendance quickly and efficiently, the BACKUP Initiative has developed three methods of payment according to the individual needs of the counterpart organizations. Quick access method, it allows for the immediate reimbursement of cash funds (a maximum of 10,000 Euros annually), allocated to specific activities directly involved with some of the objectives of the initiative.

Advisor method, it offers the opportunity to hire advisors to support the CCMs and counterpart organizations in the proposal phase and / or the implementation of GFATM, with a cap of 25,000 Euros per advice. In these cases, Referral terms must be drawn up and coordinated in collaboration with the GTZ’s agency and the local GTZ offices must approve advisements.

Projects method, with a cap of 25,000 Euros per contract, this method is aimed towards small to medium size projects to support the funds request process of the GFATM and the implementation of process of the Fund’s activities.

In order to access this resource, it is necessary to present a brief summary of the proposal (1 or 2 pages) and a logical frame with objectives, indicators, activities, estimated term and budget. Each proposal must be presented through the GTZ agency, to the main office for the BACKUP Initiative in Germany to be reviewed and count with the advice of a technical review panel.

Organizations interested in obtaining aid through the BACKUP Initiative of the GTZ must contact their local Cooperation Agency and / or the technical advisors of the GTZ to get information and advise about the application process. /Back to the top

Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Panama

Despite being invited by the Secretary of the Global Fund, a low participation index of People living with AIDS was registered

Questions, concerns and recommendations were brought forward by Delegates of the Latin America and the Caribbean Country Committees (CCM) Meeting, and Main Beneficiaries (MB) of the winning proposals for rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the Global Fund, that took place in Panama from November 17th-24th.

According to the report made by Manuel Mancheno, Coordinator of the Sectional Network HIV/AIDS-GTZ-LAC, the participants expressed the need to clarify the technical review process for the proposals. To that effect, it was explained that managers of the Global Fund perform an initial review, after which they request some clarifications related with the operation of the proposal to the CCMs and MBs. Once the clarifications are received, the established process continues.

In this sense, the Fund’s management recommended that blind proposals shouldn’t be made, that communication with the Fund’s secretary improve and that technical services for drawing it up be taken advantage of.

On the other hand, delegates expressed their solidarity with those countries that are not eligible as Fund’s beneficiaries (Mexico and Panama) and requested that such decision be reconsidered and to modify the eligibility criteria for the countries. It was also asked to keep in mind the human and technical capacity of some of the non-qualifying countries that can offer advice to those that have approved proposals ad require technical assistance to implement the. For example, the Caribbean counts with extensive experience in networking that can be useful for the other countries in the region.

According to the Fund’s management, regional proposals exclude ineligible countries and there will not be any chances to this decision.

Participation, delegation and representativeness

According to what delegates proposed, this aspect needs to be analyzed in depth because it is a conflict factor and a barrier for the strengthening of the networks and the CCMs.

The report poins out that along with REDLA+ it has been proposed to start a process to develop instruments and tools that allow to better define the participation mechanisms of the networks and the CCMs, as well as monitor participation.

It adds that six committees manage the Global Fund and each region can participate in three. It follows to say that the Latin American region and the Caribbean participate in three committees, that is not possible for it to participate in all, but that it is possible to make integration changes to other committees.

Themed Workgroups

For the development of the Meeting three groups worked in the following themes: 1) The relationship between the CCM and the BP, 2) The participation of vulnerable groups in the management of the Global Fund, 3) Harmonization with national programs and international cooperation, and 4) the acquisitions system.
Needs in themes such as technical support in the prevention of HIV/AIDS were raised to the CCMs for the tuberculosis and malaria components as well as the Monitoring and Evolution component.

Also raised were the needs in the Networks and for the care, treatment and support in HIV/AIDS.

The report concludes that delegates of the networks’ CCMs had the space to present and discuss their difficulties in management and execution of the Global Fund’s projects. Likewise, they informed the international cooperation of their proposals to improve them and the technical support required to implement them, although the answer of the international cooperation to these requests falls short, the report points out.

Immediately afterwards, Mancheno’s report specifies that “the document presented by the horizontal technical cooperation group did not meet the needs proposed by the delegates of the countries (…) The proposal presented is of technical assistance, very valid to improve the efficacy and impact of the national control programs for malaria, tuberculosis and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The answer shouldn’t be a recipe for the solution of the identified needs, but the development of skills for the implementation of the proposals made by the same performers that represent the different areas that participate in the management of the GF”.

At the conclusion of the event, a letter was signed and addressed to the Fund’s President, asking for reconsideration in the Panama situation. In addition, the reduction of available funds for the ARV for the country proposals was questioned.

Download the report written by Manuel Mancheno / Document in spanish PDF format, q0 pages. 45 Kb/Back to top

Desing & text edition
David Morales Alba
Oswaldo Adolfo Rada L.
Regional Secretary for Redla+
Germán Rincón Perfetti
G&M de Colombia Abogados
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