Opinion Piece Discusses PEPFAR’s Strategy To Transition Funding To Local Partners

Devex: Opinion: How can the development community best support PEPFAR’s transition to local partnerships?
Brian Rettmann, HIV technical director, and Emma Dominguez, HIV technical manager and health practice manager, both in Chemonics’ global health division

“…One year from now, PEPFAR will require other U.S. government agencies that receive PEPFAR funding for their programs — including the U.S. Agency for International Development — to allocate 70% of its $6.78 billion annual budget directly to local partners to provide HIV services. … The success of this funding transition ⁠– while ensuring countries reach and sustain epidemic control targets ⁠– rests on the ability of local governments and organizations to have the data, capacity, and tools needed to effectively manage and monitor HIV programming. … During this much needed transition, we encourage donors and the development community at large to continue to work closely with host country governments and local organizations to ensure they have the right tools and knowledge they need to effectively manage PEPFAR funding, while also not losing sight of the primary goal: maintaining high-quality services for HIV prevention and treatment to end the epidemic for good” (10/1).