Editor’s Note: Included in this summary is the Board decision on the broad elements of the new funding model.
Twelve civil society organisations (CSOs), most of them from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, have submitted a joint position paper on the development of a new funding model for the Global Fund.
Concerns have been raised by civil society organisations (CSOs) about the process being followed to develop a new funding model for the Global Fund, and about the fact that most of the discussions have focused on formulas for allocating funding.
The two sub-Saharan African constituencies on the Global Fund Board have made significant changes to the way their Board representatives are selected and how the constituencies operate. These changes were made at a consultation meeting of two constituencies on 9–11 July in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Editor's Note: In the session on "The Global Fund: The Next 5 Years" at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. on 26 July, Mireille Guigaz, Ambassador of France for the Fight Against HIV and Communicable Diseases, and representative of France on the Global Fund Board, described what she saw as the opportunities, challenges and risks for the Fund.
Specific concerns spelled out
To achieve maximum impact, the Global Fund needs the full engagement of civil society (CS). However, CS has not been meaningfully involved in the critical decisions currently being taken by the Fund.
Protocol describes how the two entities will collaborate on audits, diagnostic reviews and investigations
Process and timelines for audits spelled out
Recommendations to be implemented with a goal of avoiding any increases in staffing or administration
Staff managing grants to spend considerably more time in-country
The Global Fund Board has formed a working group to examine options for changes to the application, renewal and approval processes for new and existing investments.