Aug 13th 2010, 6am
In 2007, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) took the lead in developing the Civil Society Action Team (CSAT), a new coordinating mechanism to support effective civil society involvement in Global Fund grant application and implementation. The initiative arose out of a growing need to address implementation bottlenecks, to strengthen the voice of civil society and vulnerable populations throughout the Global Fund grant cycle and to ensure the greatest impact of Global Fund grants. This is increasingly important given the growing number of civil society organizations responsible for delivering services in low and middle-income countries.
The structure and mandate of CSAT was established after an extensive consultation process with organizations and individuals experienced in Global Fund grant application and management. The International Secretariat of ICASO in Canada was selected as the global host and five regional organizations were selected as CSAT ‘hubs’, responsible for implementing CSAT activities at the regional level.
To date, CSAT's major financial supporters have been the BACKUP Intiative, and UNAIDS. The Open Society Institute has also provided assistance, as has the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Ford Foundation.
- Sep 13th 2007, 1pm / ICASO / Technical Support IssuesDownloadThe BACKUP Initiative was established by GTZ in 2002, shortly after the creation of the Global Fund. BACKUP offers technical support to government institutions, coordinating bodies, civil society, and private sector organisations as well as to educational and academic institutions, enabling them to make eff ective use of global health financing in...