Nepal civil society consultation highlights progress made and remaining challenges

Allan Maleche, Board Member of the Developing Country NGO Delegation (centre), with civil society representatives from SPARSHA Nepal, Recovering Nepal, Dristi Nepal, National Association of People Living with HIV in Nepal (NAP+N) and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Nepal

KATHMANDU (September 7, 2018) – NGO representatives from Nepal, including sub-recipients of the Global Fund grant, met with the Global Fund Board’s Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Board Member, Allan Maleche, to discuss the implementation of the Global Fund grant in Nepal. The meeting was attended by representatives of sub-recipient civil society organisations of the grant, Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) members representing key populations, and managers of the Global Fund grant and the National Association of people living with HIV.

Some of the concerns that were raised were around human rights programming, such as insufficient programming for key populations, including sex workers, prisoners, migrant workers and drug users. Challenges in terms of civil society not being included meaningfully from planning to implementation and monitoring and evaluation were highlighted.

Nepal’s Country Coordinating Mechanism was previously under the Additional Safeguard Policy (ASP) and is now working towards moving the CCM to function at its full capacity. The CCM election has been conducted and will now comprise of 17 members, down from 27 members previously, in order to enhance efficiency. The CCM Secretariat Coordinator has been identified and will be recruited shortly.

However, it was noted that the CCM strengthening and oversight function plan should be scaled up and be prioritised at the upcoming CCM meeting. It was also recommended that the CCM should review the Nepal programme and examine strategic ways to utilise any unspent or available funds for interventions to support human rights work.

Other issues that were highlighted affecting the programme implementation was the low remuneration of peer outreach workers at US $ 117 per month, as per minimum wage in Nepal. A lack of commodities in the TB programme, including confirmatory diagnostic testing kits and an insufficient number of isolation units for people with drug-resistant TB.

The Developing Country NGO Delegation prioritises meeting and engaging with NGOs in our constituency and hearing about their challenges and concerns, in order to be able to raise them at the Board Meetings and Standing Committees of the Global Fund.

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