Spanish-Language Version of <em>"The Aidspan Guide to Building and Running an Effective CCM (Second Edition)"</em> is Released
"The Aidspan Guide to Building and Running an Effective CCM (Second Edition)" is now available in Spanish at www.aidspan.org/guides. The English version of the guide was posted in September 2007. A French-language version will be posted shortly.
Today, during the first day of its sixteenth board meeting held in Kunming, China, the Global Fund board approved 73 Round 7 grants that will cost $1,119 million over the first two years and $2,762 m. over five years. (For a complete list of approved and non-approved proposals, see below.) As a result of recent new pledges, the Fund has sufficient money to pay for all grants that were recommended by the Technical Review Panel.
Based on advise from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the Board divided eligible Round 7 proposals into five Categories, as follows:
The Global Fund last month lifted its temporary suspension of two grants to Chad. The HIV/AIDS and TB grants, worth more than $20 million over five years, were suspended in November 2006 over concerns regarding the misuse of funds and regarding the ability of the Principal Recipient and Sub-Recipients to effectively manage the Global Fund's resources.
The pledges made to the Fund for 2008-10 at last week's Replenishment Meeting in Berlin, as reported above, were impressively large. Global Fund staff said that over the last few weeks, their private estimates of how much would be pledged steadily climbed from $7 billion to $8 billion to $9 billion. The final number was nearly $10 billion.
The Global Fund has permanently terminated two grants to Uganda because of unsatisfactory performance. The grants were a Round 2 malaria grant and a Round 2 TB grant. Uganda will lose about $16 million as a result of this action.
This is the second time that the Fund has taken action regarding these grants. In 2005, the Fund temporarily suspended all of Uganda's grants while problems with financial management were investigated.
The Global Fund is in better financial shape to cover the anticipated cost of Round 7 grants than it was at this stage with any of the three previous rounds.
After Michel Kazatchkine was selected to be the next Executive Director of the Global Fund, GFO interviewed him by phone. Here are excerpts from what he said.
A Ugandan Presidential commission of inquiry into misuse of Global Fund money has concluded that the man who has just been replaced as Uganda's Minister of Health, Maj. Gen.
The dominant story in the Ugandan media during the past two weeks has been the Global Fund's decision to temporarily suspend its grants to that country. As reported in the last issue of GFO, the suspension took place after a report by a "whistleblower" caused the Fund to commission an investigation by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Local Fund Agent (LFA).