ACB supports Africa Consituencies to influence global health policy


About Africa Constituency Bureau

The African Constituency Bureau (Bureau) brings together the two African Constituencies represented at the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The two constituencies represent 47 African Countries that are recipients of Global Fund support for HIV, TB and Malaria control. Our focus is on tackling health policy challenges that are preventing Africa from ending the epidemics. Most importantly, the Bureau provides the 46-member countries and the respective constituency delegations with access to top-notch technical support in analyzing and identifying solutions to critical global and regional issues around resilient and sustainable systems for health.

ACB History

Discussions on the establishment of the African Constituency Bureau (ACB) date as far back as the year 2012 when the two major Global Fund (GF) constituencies – Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) – came together and developed the governance framework paper detailing how they were to operate and govern themselves. The framework provided for the establishment of the African Constituency Bureau for the Global Fund so that it could serve as a technical resource center for these two constituencies. The (ACB) was thus officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 6th of May 2017. The formation of the Bureau is in firm recognition of the opportunities the Global Fund (GF) and its mechanisms has continued to provide to the African continent to save millions of lives. Although the GF is participatory in its operations, the African voices were not adequately heard in global health discussions

How ACB Works

For purposes of Board representation, the Global Fund has grouped stakeholders into twenty (20) constituencies with each constituency represented by a Board Member and an alternate Board Member. Ten constituencies are implementer constituencies and two of these two represent the 47 recipient countries in Africa, namely, the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) constituencies

Facilitate Collaboration

The Bureau facilitates collaboration across the two constituencies and ensures that Africa’s voice is enhanced to influence Global Health policy decisions. The ACB achieves this by facilitating effective engagement, representation and participation of the two constituencies in Global Fund processes as well as enhancing their capacity to shape Global Fund policies and processes. We offer new thinking and new approaches to address some of the intractable health policy and health systems issues in Africa.

Technical Support

The Bureau provides technical support to Africa representatives to effective represent Africa’s issues in global health discussions The technical support involves synthesis, analysis and presentation of Africa priorities effectively to influence policy decisions.

Effective Representation & Good Governance

The Bureau provides mechanisms for the Constituencies to discuss and inform the Board level discussions. Similarly, the Bureau brokers relationships and partnerships through which the representatives solicit input from other leaders in health including Africa Ministers of Health and Finance and the development partners. Through these processes, ACB support bring Africa reps closer to their constituents.

Policy & Strategy

The Bureau works to provide leaders in health in Africa with policy and strategy options to ensure Global Health policies and processes are responsive to Africa needs. Our focus is on tackling health policy challenges that are preventing Africa from ending the epidemics.

Africa's Representatives

Board Members