Call for evidence for APPG inquiry on key populations and women and girls in middle-income and transitioning countries

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Release date: 11 April 2017
Call for evidence for APPG inquiry on key populations and women and girls in middle-income and transitioning countries

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS recognises that a high proportion of people living with HIV live in middle-income countries (MICs) and the vast majority are projected to do so by 2020, coinciding with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target deadline. In many middle-income countries, key populations and women and girls are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, yet the Group has heard concerns from civil society that key populations and women and girls are being left behind by services as donor governments withdraw from middle-income countries. In the context of changing aid relationships between donor governments and MICs, the APPG is interested in how DFID and other UK Government departments are working with, and influencing, other stakeholders (Global Fund, private sector, other governments and philanthropic foundations) to ensure that all those most at risk have access to appropriate services to ensure countries are equipped to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target.

1. What are the major barriers to access to services for key populations and women and girls in middle-income countries? Are there particular countries where these barriers are most acute? Is it possible to characterise these countries? How is DFID helping key populations to overcome these barriers?
2. What are the differences between the following types of countries in terms of the donor support available for their HIV and AIDS responses?:
a) Lower-income vs lower-middle income countries
b) Lower-middle-income countries and upper-middle income countries
3. What is the value of continued UK leadership in multilateral organisations?
4. In 2016, the UK Government recently announced a £1.1bn commitment to the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. What other forms of investment and support would best complement this investment? What aspects fall outside the remit of the Global Fund, particularly for key populations and women & girls?
5. DFID’s ‘Leave No One Behind’ approach mentions women and girls and LGBT groups. How can the UK Government implement the ‘Leave No One Behind’ approach and SDG 10 in relation to key populations in middle-income and transitioning countries?
6. What has been the impact of withdrawal of bilateral and multilateral aid in middle-income countries? How did donors ensure that gains made through their investment were sustained? Where possible, please highlight both examples of best practice and challenges either from the UK Government or other donors.
7. What steps could be taken by the UK Government to ensure that as UK aid relationships change, key populations and women and girls continue to have access to HIV treatment and services? How can measures be put in place to achieve the highest standard of accessibility and services while ensuring public funds are most effectively spent?
8. How effective has the process of integrating HIV and AIDS into other programmes (such as SRHR and health-systems strengthening) been? What are the criteria for when HIV should be integrated and when it should not be integrated?
9. How has the UK Government planned for and implemented withdrawal of bilateral and multilateral aid in middle-income and/or transitioning countries to sustain the gains made? What documents are used to inform/guide this process?
10. How will Brexit impact on the UK’s obligations and participation under EU joint action programmes and existing programming for HIV and AIDS both in the immediate EU neighbourhood and globally?
11. Given the US is a key player in overall global ODA spend, how should the UK Government use its influence to ensure continued engagement of senior ODA donors?
12. What role can be played by Government departments other than DFID to ensure that key populations and women and girls in middle-income countries continue to have access to HIV services?
13. Please share any other relevant information.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday 25 May 2017 at 17.30
• The submission should be in Word format emailed to tom.addison@parliament.uk
• It should be clearly stated who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation;
• Your submission should comprise a single document attachment to the email;
• It should begin with a summary in bullet point form;
• It should have numbered paragraphs;
• It should be no longer than 4000 words;
• It should include case studies where possible
• Please only answer the questions which you feel are relevant to you or your organisation, do not feel you have to answer all of the questions;
• Please use the question headings and numbers to organise your response.
Written evidence may be referenced in the final report. If you wish for your evidence to be anonymous please make this clear.

Submissions should be emailed to the group’s Policy Advisor, Tom Addison at: tom.addison@parliament.uk . If you have any queries about the report or require further information please contact Tom at the email address above.

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