Challenge Facility for Civil Society
The Stop TB Partnership´s Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) is an instrument to promote the role of communities in National TB Programmes, other platforms and initiatives, especially in countries supported by the Global Fund.
Over the last 7 years, the Challenge Facility provided support to community-based organizations engaged in advocacy and social mobilization activities seeking to raise awareness and empower communities to be part of all the steps in the fight against TB. Six rounds of grants have been awarded since 2007.
The Challenge Facility for Civil Society awarded US$ 2.1 million to 121 grantees in 41 countries.
With the focus of the current call for proposals, the Stop TB Partnership contributes to the engagement of communities and people affected by TB in the New Funding Model of the Global Fund. Challenge Facility grantees are expected to deliver on the categories described here.
The Stop TB Partnership Challenge Facility for Civil Society is funding 22 civil society organizations across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America through its 6th round of grants. The mission of the Challenge Facility is to support community-based organizations engaged in Global Fund work and activities with key affected populations to empower them to become part of the solution in the fight against TB.
"Without the efforts of small NGOs and grassroots organizations, untold thousands of people would remain unaware that they need TB care or how to go about accessing it. Supporting as many of these groups as we can is critical to our mission," said Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership.
"The Challenge Facility is a key mechanism in specifically giving a voice to community-based and civil society organizations in the Global Fund processes in-country. The latest round of funding will allow us to accelerate efforts in strengthening the position of organizations working on TB on the ground," said Ms Jenniffer Dietrich, Challenge Facility Manager.
Proposals are selected by an independent committee composed of 10 representatives from the community affected by TB, NGOs from developing and developed countries and multilateral or technical agencies. To date, the Challenge Facility has awarded over US $2 million in grants, a total of 121 grants.