Smart Sex Workers Guide to Using the Global Fund Strategy 2023–2028 to Influence Grant Cycle 7 Funding Requests


Grant Cycle 7 (GC7), formerly referred to as NFM4, is the first round of Global Fund funding request windows opened up under the Global Fund strategy 2023 – 2028.

It is the first opportunity for sex workers and other key population communities to test the strength of the Global Fund commitments to communities, that are outlined in the new strategy.

The NSWP Smart Sex Workers Guide to the Global Fund Strategy 2023 – 2028 explains the strategy in detail and highlights the specific opportunities for sex workers. 

The 2023-2028 Global Fund Strategy will guide Global Fund approaches, decision-making, and investment for the next 6 years in a 70-page document. It is important because it describes what the Global Fund will do and how it will do it. The Strategy will influence how investment will be disbursed at the country level, how and who will implement programmes, and how and who will be involved in making the decisions. The Strategy’s increased emphasis on community leadership, acknowledgement, and a commitment to maximise use of community knowledge and experience, as well as its greater emphasis on equity, gender equality, and human rights, will make it an extremely useful tool to enhance the engagement of sex workers in all Global Fund processes.

This Smart Guide will look at the new GC7 grant cycle and how the Global Fund Strategy might be used to strengthen sex worker submissions to the country funding request. 

You can download this Smart Guide above. It is available in English, Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic.