The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) oversees L'Initiative
The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) oversees L'Initiative. It manages the mechanism, sets its strategic direction and chairs its various committees.
Reviews and advises on the requests for technical assistance submitted through the Canal Expertise framework and approve budgets of successful applications. It meets at least once a month, and convenes for urgent consultations where necessary (this can be remotely).
It comprises :
- The Ambassador for Global Health or a representative.
- A representative from MEAE's delegation of human development (HUMA)
- A representative from MEAE's delegation of programs and operators (DPO) to follow-up budget issues.
- A representative of the French Development Agency (AFD).
- A representative of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.
- A representative of the French Red Cross.
- Civil society representatives: Coordination Sud, Coalition Plus, Sidaction, Solidarité Sida, Avocats pour la Santé
- Research representatives : Aviesan, ANRS
Sets the strategic direction of L'Initiative and proposes developments required to reach its objectives, within the framework of the strategy set out by the MEAE. Its role is to determine the themes of calls for proposals and to review pilot funding proposals.
This comprises members of the steering committee, representatives of the Global Fund and external project evaluators. Its role is to provide opinion on intervention projects submitted and to approve their final selection once they have been assessed.
A conflict of interest prevention policy has been defined through the signing of a declaration of non-conflicts of interest by its members in accordance with specific provisions:
- Canal Expertise: if a member of the Committee is involved in a request, he/she receives no information about it and leaves the room while it is being assessed.
- Canal Projets: organizations that are both members of the Steering Committee and bidders do not receive any information related to their project, do not participate in the Screening Committee, or the selection of external evaluators and are not informed of the results of project selection.
The Directorate-General for Global Affairs, Culture, Education and International Development, in liaison with the relevant administrations and in partnership with relevant international organizations and other actors, defines and implements French intervention on global issues, sustainable development, international cooperation, policy influence and major sectoral policies, particularly in multilateral fora within its areas of competence.
Within the DGM, the subdirectorate for human development is directly responsible for leading and monitoring L'Initiative, and chairs the related committees.
The DGM also:
- Promotes, provides leadership and monitors France's strategy for health and human development (education, demography, migration and gender)
- Coordinates France's priority issues within various international organizations
It also leads the network of regional advisers on global health (CRSM) and international technical experts (ETI) in health who play a major role in creating synergy between French initiatives on the ground and monitoring country progress in combating pandemics.
" L'Initiative is crucial to France's world policy"
Stéphanie Seydoux, Ambassador for Global Health
The Ambassador acts on behalf of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. She oversees implementation of France's global health strategy and represents the country within major international organizations working to combat pandemics - the Global Fund and Unitaid (an agency that accelerates the availability of more effective and cheaper innovations to better treat, diagnose and prevent).
The Ambassador played an important role in the preparation of the 6th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, which took place in October 2019 in Lyon, with the aim of mobilizing the international community to raise funds for the fight against pandemics. France fully exercised its leadership and thus contributed to the achievement of the goals: $14 billion in pledges were collected, an amount never before reached by a multilateral health organization. This event is one of the key steps to achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
Regional global health advisors (CRSM)
The CRSMs are responsible for, among other things, monitoring Global Fund activities and activities of the four United Nations agencies supported under the Muskoka Multilateral Priority Solidarity Fund (FSP), and other health cooperation interventions (decentralized cooperation, regional cooperation, inter-university, etc.).
The CRSMs are situated in French embassies and are distributed according to strategic geographical zones in order to ensure the best coverage of priority regions.