Community Brief: Sex Worker-Led Organisations’ Engagement and Benefit from the Global Fund C19RM Funding 2022


The Global Fund COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) was intended to be an improved version of the Global Fund COVID-19 response. Responding to criticisms and concerns that the initial response failed to engage with or benefit key populations and communities, C19RM 2022 was expected to address those concerns. However, a survey of sex worker-led NSWP member organisations showed that C19RM was not effective for most sex workers, noting a lack of information and communication in-country, low-level engagement in planning and proposal writing, and very little funding reaching sex worker-led organisations.

This report is based on a survey of sex worker-led NSWP member organisations in all C19RM-eligible countries. The purpose of the survey was to gain a fuller understanding of the involvement (or lack thereof) of sex workers in C19RM processes at country level; whether sex worker priorities and needs were addressed; whether funding was awarded to sex worker-led organisations for COVID-19 activities; and whether sex workers benefitted from Global Fund C19RM funding.

You can download the report above. It is available in English, Russian, French and Spanish.