19 Oct 2015

A long-time provider of technical assistance for stakeholders applying to the Global Fund, GIZ’s programme BACKUP Health is now entering a new phase. From October 2015 to March 2018, a total budget of  11.5 million will be dedicated to projects in three specific areas: Support to Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Health Systems Strengthening and Grant management. In each of these areas, community involvement, human rights and gender will be cross-cutting issues .

BACKUP will continue providing short- and medium-term technical assistance upon demand along Global Fund processes. “Following the recommendations of a project evaluation at the end of the last phase, BACKUP’s work will focus on fewer topics and countries in order to achieve more sustainable results with our partners. In their proposals, partners will specify in which of the three intervention areas they request assistance.” says Dr. Klaus Peter Schnellbach, Head of BACKUP Health.

The stakeholders eligible for BACKUP support are CCMs, CCM members or principal recipients (national or regional coordinating mechanisms, governments, national or international CSOs and private sector organizations). For each area of intervention, a list of eligible countries has been identified for one-year to two-year projects (see the table).

Table: List of eligible countries by program area

(up to € 100,000)
(up to € 200,000)
Grant management
(up to € 100,000)
Nepal, Armenia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Peru, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinée, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia,  Tadjikistan, Ukraine, Tadzhikistan, Mauritania, Burundi, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, DRCongo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe


Among the types of project GIZ hopes to fund are the capacity development of CSOs to strengthen their role in the CCMs; PR support in identifying risks and development of risk mitigation plans; and support for the development of comprehensive approach to organizational development.

The German cooperation agency also is also planning to provide support for conducting needs analyses for HSS activities in Global Fund grants, and for planning of HSS interventions during concept note development, as well as assistance in capacity development of civil society PRs to monitor their grants and manage their SRs.

In addition to small-to-medium-size projects for one or more of the three intervention areas, BACKUP offers short term assistance by assigning consultants to support CCMs, PRs and CSOs during the country dialogue, the development of the concept note and the implementation of the grant.Applications can be submitted until 15 December 2015.For more information, click on the following link:


On 21 October, some clarifications were made to the text at the request of GIZ

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