Moving the Money: Rapid Funding for HIV/AIDS Programs
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has galvanized donors, governments, and organizations around the world to work together like never before. Despite new promises of massive funding for HIV/AIDS programs, accessing funds in the hardest-hit countries can take months, if not years. Two years ago, the East African country of Tanzania was such a place.
In Tanzania, as in many African countries, the HIV/AIDS epidemic had reached crisis proportions. Tanzanian civil society organizations could not cease activities as they waited for funding; they therefore proceeded to implement small-scale HIV/AIDS projects, lacking the necessary funds for scale-up or expansion. The Tanzanian Commission for HIV/AIDS (TACAIDS) and donors recognized the need for a more rapid process to fund these organizations while bigger, longer-term projects organized.
In 2002, TACAIDS and eight donor partners1 established the Rapid Funding Envelope for HIV/AIDS (RFE), enabling civil society organizations and partnerships to implement short-term HIV/AIDS projects that contribute to the long-term national strategy. With technical oversight provided by MSH and Deloitte & Touche, the RFE not only fully validates a common sense of urgency for a stronger, faster, and more committed response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but also demonstrates the possibilities created by multi-donor partnerships united around a common goal.
Since 2002, the RFE has:
- Responded to more than 1,000 expressions of interest and to 880 concept letters
- Awarded $3.5 million to 23 organizations in all regions of Tanzania
1 Canadian International Development Agency, Embassy of Finland, Ireland Aid, Royal Danish Embassy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, USAID
More information on the Rapid Funding
Envelope for HIV/AIDS [PDF - 275KB]
More information about RFE recipients
[PDF - 15KB]
Read more about RFE [PDF - 1.24MB]
Read about RFE grantee organizations
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