Under the Theme “Increasing ownership and Leadership of Global fund processes by African Constituencies’ Member Countries”, ACB has developed a Strategy for the period 2017-2022 that aims to “To attract, leverage and invest as many resources to end the three epidemics and support the attainment of the SDGs in Africa”. This mission can only be achieved if African Constituencies' Member Countries have the capacity to lead and influence Global Fund decisions and processes. The success of this initiative will be measured largely by the achievement of three long term outcomes and goals, namely:
ACB supports Africa leadership to effectively advocate for advocate for increased resources to fill the existing gaps in funding - mobilizing domestics resources - Increasing health financing through innovative approaches like the joint investments and blended financing Further, ACB ensures that leaders in health representing Africa on the respective Boards have ready access to technical support required to maintain the delicate combination of technical expertise and diplomatic skills.
Thus, the ACB collaborates and network extensively with government and private partner agencies including CCMs, Global Fund PMUs, Research Institutes, Think Tanks, and other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes such UNAIDS, WHO, PEPFAR, BMGF, UNTAID, and GAVI. The aim ACB aims to provide opportunities through partnerships and networking to increasing the competence of the of GF recipients to increasing efficiency of recipient countries to solve their own problems Participation of stakeholders through the Regional Think Tanks will help countries to define, analyze, and then through support of others, articulate and act on their concerns.
Such forums include Cluster-Based Learning Networks (CBLNs) which bring together 10-12 countries in each region who meet and interact regularly through face to face meetings, conference calls and sharing information on the ACB Intranet. Also, at least annually, the Bureau convenes consultative meetings that bring together all the 47 Countries from the two constituencies. The meeting provides an important opportunity for Africa Countries, through deliberations, produce actionable suggestions and follow-up actions for the respective countries as well as the representatives to the Global Fund Board.
One of our objectives is to promote more and better resources, effective policies, and greater visibility of global health policy in relation to the priorities for ending the three epidemics in Africa. ACB work also help track the effectiveness of Global Fund resources to end the three epidemics and the broader health gaps and share evidence of progress and successes in Africa global health. We also aim to ensure that Africa governments effectively leverage on the Global Fund resources while maintaining their resources commitments as well as unlock new resources to increase resources required.