HER Voice Fund
A Global Fund initiative supported by ViiV Healthcare to ensure young women and girls have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their health.
About the HER Voice Fund
The Global Fund created the HER Voice Fund in recognition of the vital role adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) have in driving and shaping the HIV response. Yet logistical, administrative and language barriers often hinder the meaningful participation of AGYW representatives in policy and decision-making spaces. The HER Voice Fund provides small grants to AGYW-led community-based groups to facilitate participation and engagement.
ViiV Healthcare Positive Action programmes is taking the lead to drive community-led responses to HIV and empower AGYW and their communities to tackle the HIV epidemic. Addressing the epidemic amongst AGYW is a key objective of the Positive Action 2020 – 2030 strategy and a priority for ViiV Healthcare to ensure that no person living with HIV is left behind.
Y+, the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV, has been selected to manage and implement the HER Voice Fund, and the parties are now actively engaged in discussing the contractual terms.
Y+ has significant experience working for and with young people living with and affected by HIV. Y+ has strong youth-led and youth-owned networks in all 13 priority HER Voice countries Y+ has been instrumental in advocating for policies and programs that are relevant for adolescents and young people’s health and well-being, and ensuring that young people’s voices are heard in programmatic and political spaces.
The selection of Y+ as the implementing partner demonstrates our collective commitment to supporting the leadership role of young people in the HIV response.
Y+ will establish an operations unit to support the delivery of the following project objectives:
- Manage and channel small grants in an effective and cost-efficient way to selected recipients in 13 focused countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Increase meaningful engagement of AGYW in Global Fund and related national processes, and ensure that relevant policy and programmatic changes are made to improve the health and well-being of AGYW in the 13 priority countries.
- Refine the HER Voice Fund investment strategy, funding model and M&E framework, managing and disbursing funds to support AGYW groups and community-based organizations to ensure meaningful participation in Global Fund and related processes.
- Manage and strengthen the HER Voice Ambassadors network and support capacity building and leadership development initiatives through creative partnerships.