Mid-Term Evaluation of the Global Fund Community Engagement Strategic Initiative (CE SI)

This evaluation was commissioned by the Community, Rights and Gender Department of the Global Fund to assess the impact, achievements, and value of investments of the Community Engagement Strategic Initiative 2021-2023 at mid-term. Guided by key performance indicators, recommendations from the final evaluation for the SI from the previous cycle, and triangulating these with in-depth interviews and FGDs with the Coordination Mechanism, the CE team, and grantees from each Component, we found that the CE SI has achieved VfM, with astute increases in investment in TB KVP networks resulting in adoption of essential policy changes and improvement of program design in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and advocacy planning in Africa, and robust community engagement during the pandemic during C19RM calls, as well as equipping communities with situational analyses that allowed better engagements with Global Fund processes.

In summary, the evaluation found that the SI achieved:

  • 17 countries with at least one formalized, community-endorsed advocacy agenda for use in influencing decision-making bodies.
  • 100,167 individuals from KVP communities and/or civil society organizations accessing timely and relevant Global Fund-related information that is shared by the Regional Platforms
  • 22 countries with an increased number of key and vulnerable population constituencies participating with Global Fund-related decision-making bodies and processes, including on CCMs
  • 71 countries where communities report or demonstrate their ability to more efficiently and effectively engage in national and regional Global Fund-related processes as a result of Regional Platform capacity strengthening and coordination support

Report undergoing validation.