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This is an opportunity to reflect on the role of civil society, donors and multilateral agencies vis-à-vis a country in crisis that is non-eligible for external financing. Until recently, few options existed for the international community to act in these circumstances. In May 2018, the Board of the Global Fund made a historic decision to outline a new policy for its role in non-eligible countries in crisis. This new policy may include countries like Venezuela as initial investment priorities. Yet, civil society, donors and other stakeholders are ill-prepared to act on this opportunity. This event to start discussing new paradigms and narratives of international cooperation in the face of humanitarian crises. It will harness new policy spaces to invest in countries in crisis, which would ordinarily be deemed ineligble for support. Proactive planning and readiness on behalf of stakeholders is critical, given the urgency in countries like Venezuela, among others.

07:00
Opening remarks
Erika Castellanos, GNP+, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), Belize
07:05
Understanding the crisis in Venezuela
Alberto Nieves, ACCSI / RVG+, Venezuela
07:15
Documentation, advocacy and solidarity
Mary Ann Torres, ICASO, Canada
07:25
The role of multilaterals
Massimo Ghidinelli, PAHO, United States
07:35
The role of the Global Fund in non-eligible countries in crisis
Javier Hourcade Bellocq, GNP+, Argentina
07:50
Facilitated questions and answers
08:15
Closing remarks