On Friday, 7 February 2020, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Expertise France signed new terms of reference between the two bodies for managing the 5% Initiative over the next three years (2020-2022).
Since 2011, France has used part of its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the 5% Initiative, which mobilizes French-speaking targeted, professional and technical expertise which is focused on the needs on the ground to bolster its support for French-speaking recipient countries and improve access to subsidies and their implementation. The initiative is managed by Expertise France and its success, which has been hailed by all partners, has resulted in a constant increase in activity, from 5% to 7% for 2017-2019 and up to 9% for the 2020-2022 cycle.
These new terms of reference are intended to formalize several important changes which took place in 2019:
- Increase to 9% (i.e. €38.88 million per year) of France’s Global Fund contribution to Expertise France to implement the Initiative, as made official during the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference for the next three years.
- Reduction of the number of eligible countries from 54 to 40, in order to concentrate the work of the 5% Initiative on countries that need action in priority (the priority countries of the Interministerial Committee on International Cooperation and Development (CICID), countries in crisis and with difficult intervention contexts and the countries most affected by pandemics).
- Extending the duration of the expert missions. The 5% Initiative will provide technical assistance organized according to the needs in priority countries. These missions, which were previously limited to 1 year, will be planned over 3 years and their implementation will be evaluated annually.
- Extending the duration of funding through the project track. The new terms of reference enable projects to be financed over 2 to 4 years where previously they were limited to 3 years maximum.
Further information about the work of the 5% Initiative is available on the website