France increases funding for technical cooperation with Global Fund in fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
France's Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French technical assistance agency Expertise France, agreeing on the modalities of management of the '5% initiative' for the next three years (2020-2022).
Since 2011, France has set aside a portion of its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) to be channeled specifically through the 5% Initiative, which mobilizes technical expertise to strengthen support to French-speaking recipient countries and improve access to grants and their implementation. Between 2011 and 2017, the portion allocated to the 5% Initiative has increased from five to seven percent for 2017-2019 and will now increase again to nine percent for the 2020-2022 cycle.
The Memorandum of Understanding formalizes new directions taken in 2019, as follow:
- An increase (from 7% to 9%) of French finances for the Global Fund to be channelled through the 5% initiative (€39 million or US$42 million);
- A reduction of the number of countries eligible for technical assistance from 54 to 40, in order to better align initiatives with France's priority countries and to ensure focus on fragile countries or countries where Global Fund's focus diseases are more prevalent;
- An extension of the maximum length of technical expertise projects to up to three years with yearly evaluations; and
- An extension of the length of funding from three years up to four years.