Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round 7
Building and sustaining networks of civil society organizations that can successfully collaborate to raise important TB-related issues on a national level.
In August 2016 the Stop TB Partnership launched Round 7 of the Challenge Facility for Civil Society.
The overall goal of the round 7 is to build recognized civil society / community networks that represent, support and are accountable to communities who can partner with one another and successfully engage in national TB responses.
The specific objectives are:
- To strengthen existing or new national level TB constituencies that engage, represent and are accountable to communities.
- To reinforce the capacities and responses of local communities who are part of the TB response.
- To tighten linkages, collaboration and coordination between communities and government.
482 proposals were received of which 258 were eligible, indicating the level of interest civil society and communities have to engage in the TB response.
An independent selection committee of 11 members were tasked with identifying 10 proposals for funding. They worked in teams and proposals were divided out evenly and randomly. Individuals did not receive proposals to review from their countries of origin. In November 2016 they met in person to choose the 10 proposals for funding and in January 2016 the Board of the Stop TB Partnership approved the decisions made.
The 10 Challenge Facility Grantees for Round 7 are:
|Cambodia||Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA)|
|Philippines||Samahan Ng Lusog Baga Association, Inc.|
|Tajikistan||STOP TB Partnership, Tajikistan|
|Georgia||Curatio International Foundation (CIF)|
|Nigeria||Communication for Development Centre|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Club des Amis Damien (CAD)|
|Tanzania||Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO)|
|Ghana||Ghana National TB Voice Network|
|Cameroon||For Impacts in Social Health (FIS)|
|Ethiopia||Volunteer health Services (VHS)|
Round 7 grants are implemented in two phases:
- In Phase I all grantees will undertake a resource mapping exercise to identify existing resources, coverage gaps, and perspectives of stakeholders about the quality of existing services.
- In Phase II grantees will collaborate with existing resources to identify key TB-related issues to bring to the national level, develop plans to fill the coverage gaps, and reassess the perspectives of the stakeholders about the quality of the newly developed network.
To ensure a standardized approach to grant implementation and reporting across grants and countries grantees will use standardized approaches and tools in both phases.
Starting with Round 7, to inform and strengthen future rounds of CFCS more robust evaluations of grants, conducted by independent evaluation teams, will take place. One of the key principles of Round 7 is to strengthen engagement between existing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and between CSOs and other TB stakeholders. As such the evaluation framework will put an emphasis on the process and outcome of community engagement.
The conceptual framework for CFCS Round 7 can be downloaded here.
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