Global Fund

The Global Fund was established in 2003 as an international financing mechanism to combat HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria. Donor governments contribute to replenish the Fund that provides more than 20% of all international financing for HIV programmes, allocated to country responses in successive 3-year rounds based on submitted country proposals. The Global Fund is significant to the health and rights interests of sexual and gender minorities in that it has three key criteria for prioritising and allocating its resources: high disease burden; high proportion of so-called key populations; and low-capacity national health systems. In its architecture, the Fund appoints representatives of Key Populations on the Country Coordinating Mechanisms, the means by which countries develop funding proposals to the Fund, and through which implementation is monitored.