On 31 January 2019, the Global Fund Board approved three country grants worth $13.4 million. It also approved two multicountry grants valued at $22.5 million. The Board was acting on the recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). See Tables 1 and 2 for listings of the country and multi-country grants.
Donation from Spain in new debt swap
The Grant Approvals Committee says that there is a risk that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will not able to meet its 2017-2019 co-financing requirements.
Despite reservations, the Global Fund Board authorizes the Secretariat to sign agreement with the World Bank
The Board has authorized the Secretariat to enter into an “Administration Agreement” with the World Bank for the performance-based funding (PBF) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At first glance, this may not seem particularly newsworthy. But there are some unusual circumstances surrounding this agreement.
If one were to read the message by the Fund’s Executive Director Mark Dybul in an annex to the report of the Office of the Inspector General on its audit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one would come away with the impression that with some minor exceptions, the Global Fund’s grants to the DRC are performing very well.
The payment of extra money to top up the salaries of workers implementing Global Fund grants was disallowed by the Fund two years ago, except in exceptional circumstances, but in some countries the organization is finding it hard to work out a way to keep the staff they need without paying these incentives.
Le Conseil approuve un financement pour prolonger la durée de deux subventions raccourcies en RDC et au Mozambique
Pour la première fois, le Conseil a approuvé un financement supplémentaire pour des subventions à la durée raccourcie. La décision a été prise le 14 mars 2016, le jour même que le Conseil a approuvé un financement supplémentaire pour deux subventions TB/VIH pour le Libéria à partir des allocations pour 2014-2016.
Les subventions raccourcies
For the first time, the Board has approved additional funding for two shortened grants. The decision came on 14 March 2016, the same day that that the Board approved additional funding for two TB/HIV grants for Liberia from the 2014-2016 allocations.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a reform of the country coordinating mechanism is underway to make it comply with Global Fund requirements and to integrate it into a national steering committee for health, the Comité National de Pilotage du Secteur de la Santé.
A new performance-based financing system will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through a partnership involving the Global Fund, GAVI, Unicef and the World Bank. In 2016-2017, the Global Fund will allocate $20 million to finance health centers and their staff on the basis of the quantity and the quality of services provided.