As part of The Integration Partnership (TIP), PAI conducted site visits in four countries in March: Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.

In Zambia, TIP partners are making strides in their advocacy to the Global Fund, and in their efforts to convene civil society organizations and harmonize messaging around integration. During the site visit, PAI and TIP partners brainstormed about a meeting of civil society members of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), the in-country body that decides on Global Fund issues.

The meeting was a great success. Members of civil society organizations learned about integration and saw concrete examples of how it works. They were also educated about key Global Fund processes, including reprogramming of funds. The meeting came at a critical time since most CCM members are new this year and are unfamiliar with Global Fund processes. PAI and TIP partners also met with USAID, PATH, FHI 360, CARE and UNDP during the site visit. These were great opportunities to reinforce the linkages between local civil society organizations and large implementing organizations. TIP partners should be congratulated for their quick strategizing and planning for this meeting.

In Ethiopia, PAI met with TIP partners to discuss the opportunities and challenges they have encountered in advancing the TIP goals. They also discussed the policy environment in country, and charted a strategic course of action for TIP partners in the coming months. Other meetings with reproductive health stakeholders in Ethiopia allowed PAI and partners to learn about important details around the Global Fund processes, as well as projects that can provide strategic linkages to TIP.