The Global Fund encourages and increases engagement with individuals and organizations that are affiliated with or representing key populations. According to its observed principles, the engagement of key affected population (KAP) in general – and MSM and transgender communities in particular, in the New Funding Model, was defined by a meaningful participation in an ongoing and consultative process of the country dialogue which lays different stages for national strategic plan development, concept note development, and grant making to grant implementation.
APCOM shares the Global Fund’s goal of increased meaningful participation among MSM and transgender community at a country level. In 2014, APCOM releases fact sheets containing knowledge and resources needed by the MSM and trans communities to take part effectively in the Country Dialogue, particularly knowing that each of the NFM application stages can be difficult to understand within the length of the community’s capacity. The fact sheets are uniquely tailored to the MSM and trans community in 17 eligible Asia-Pacific countries for the funding.
Following the release of the fact sheets, APCOM has been evaluating the experiences and level of participation of the MSM and transgender community in the Country Dialogue during the early round(s) of the New Funding Model application. The evaluation is captured in a series scoping report from different countries.
Each scoping report presents the following aspects:
- The level of knowledge and understanding of the MSM and transgender community on the Global Fund Country Processes;
- The level of engagement of the MSM and transgender community with the country dialogues;
- The level of engagement of the MSM and transgender community with the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM); and
- The level of engagement of the community with the Global Fund Country Teams.