In December 2017 the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) was selected a host of the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).
The regional platforms for communication and coordination are expected to have a key role in engaging civil society organizations and community networks in Global Fund processes. They are responsible to foster regional dialogue, exchange knowledge and good practices among civil society actors and networks, as well as to disseminating information on technical assistance opportunities across civil society and community groups across all countries where the Global Fund has grants and/or countries under Global Fund multi-country grants.
To progress towards these goals, during the next 2,5 years the EHRA in its role as a regional platform will be aiming to achieve the following objectives in EECA region:
Objective 1. Further the meaningful engagement of civil society and community groups through regular bi-directional communication and provision of accurate and accessible information to enhance the knowledge and participation of these actors in Global Fund related processes.
Objective 2. Improve the overall impact of Global Fund programs and interventions, and disease responses more globally through strengthened engagement of civil society and communities affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
Objective 3. Expand access to technical assistance for civil society and community groups through greater coordination with the CRG Strategic Initiative short-term TA component, as well as key national, regional and global technical assistance partners.
Objective 4. Support strategic civil society and community capacity development initiatives through fostering spaces for engagement and collective participation in key decision-making processes, in particular as they relate to community, rights and gender.
More specifically the EECA Regional Platform activities in next 2.5 years will include a number of national workshops for civil society and community organizations involved into the implementation of the Global Fund grants as sub-recipients or sub-sub-recipients; regional workshop for CCM members from EECA countries – representatives of civil society sector; support for NGOs and CBOs in development of the quality TA requests for the CRG Technical Assistance; improvement of access to the Global Fund related information through webinars, info notes, coordination calls; and other activities.
To read more about the role of the Platform in CRG TA, please read: Info Note
Countries covered by project: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Project timeline: December 2017 – April 2020
Overall budget: 450,000 USD
Project donor: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria