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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: May 2020

Chapter 6 - Sustainability, Transition, and Crisis


In 2017, the Global Fund Board revised its Eligibility Policy, which sets out the criteria for which countries are eligible for financing. This chapter considers the impact of decisions made using those indicators, and explores debates over use of Gross National Income per capita (GNIpc) to determine aid eligibility. It also shows the role of civil society and community representatives in these high-level policy debates. Reviewing the Global Fund’s history, this chapter shows it was not the only donor wrestling with these problems of prioritization, and that in many countries the Fund was the last remaining external HIV donor to transition out. When some middle-income countries with concentrated epidemics among key populations saw multiple donors divest, programs for key populations, such as harm reduction, were at risk. In revising the Fund’s Eligibility Policy, the high-stakes contest was focused on a brief document of just a few pages, in which changing a single indicator could have sweeping consequences for countries such as Russia, where the Fund supported civil society advocacy for key populations. This chapter shows how three civil society delegations worked together to advance a shared position on the policy.