The Regional Malaria Civil Society Organisation Platform in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (the Platform) is a network of civil society organisations (CSOs) and communities from the Global Fund Regional Artemisinin-Resistance Initiative (RAI) implementing countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Platform was established in 2014 to connect malaria-affected communities and civil society project implementers to policy-makers and donors through the RAI Regional Steering Committee (RSC). Its goal is to contribute to malaria elimination effort in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), by:
- Facilitating meaningful coordination and partnership between civil society organisations and other key malaria actors including donors, governments, academia and other key stakeholders;
- Advocating for enabling policy, strategies, and plans that respect the rights of all communities and include support for community-based services in the GMS; and
- Strengthening capacity of civil society actors by facilitating peer learning though leveraging the strengths of implementing and other technical partners.
The Platform has been partially funded by RAI from 2014-2017 under the RAI RSC secretariat, platform start receiving Global Fund grant under RAI2E from 2018-2020 and will receive continued support from RAI3 for 2021-2023. In order to assess the Platform’s performance to date and to identify opportunities for further improvement and impact going forward, an independent evaluation of the Platform was commissioned in early 2020, which also explored issues raised by the RSC’s Independent Monitoring Panel (IMP) report in 2019. This document presents a summary of the external evaluator’s report, as well as the Platform’s reflections and action plan in response to it.