Over the last few months, innovative plans by the China CCM to use an NGO as Principal Recipient for a Round 6 HIV/AIDS Global Fund grant, and to use small grass-roots NGOs for much of the implementation work, have been almost entirely reversed.
French- and Spanish-Language Versions of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 7 Applications to the Global Fund" are Released
The Aidspan Guide to Round 7 Applications to the Global Fund is now available in French and Spanish at www.aidspan.org/guides. The English version of the guide was posted on 9 March. Funding for the French- and Spanish-language translations was provided by UNAIDS.
Friends of the Global Fund Africa
Last month, Friends of the Global Fund Africa (Friends Africa) held its inaugural meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. This is the fourth Friends organization to be established; the others are in the USA, Japan and Europe. Each of them is formally independent of the Fund.
Chapter 3 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 7 Applications to the Global Fund," announced above, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of applications submitted in Rounds 3 through 6. The list provided is based on an extensive analysis of comments made on those applications by the TRP.
The strengths identified most often in the TRP comments were as follows:
The Global Fund Board has approved two of the twelve Round 6 proposals whose original rejection had been appealed by the applicants. The newly approved proposals are an HIV/AIDS proposal from Egypt that will cost $5.4 million over the first two years, and a TB proposal from Pakistan that will cost $22.6 million. The approvals are subject to a number of clarifications being successfully responded to in a timely manner.
The Aidspan Guide to Round 7 Applications to the Global Fund has just been published. It is accessible at no charge at www.aidspan.org/guides, where various other Aidspan Guides are also available. Versions in French and Spanish will be posted in the next two weeks.
The Global Fund today issued its Call for Proposals for countries wishing to apply for Round 7 grants. The proposal form and various support documents are available in six languages at www.theglobalfund.org/en/apply/call7. Applications must be submitted by 4 July 2007.
The major changes to the Proposal Form compared to the form that was used for Round 6 are as follows:
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.
The Global Fund Board has decided that any country whose economy is classified as upper-middle-income, and that had a high enough disease burden to be eligible to apply for Round 6 HIV/AIDS grants, will also be eligible to apply in Round 7. As a result, South Africa, Botswana and Equatorial Guinea will not be excluded from Round 7 eligibility as they would have been if this ruling had not been made.
With the Call for Proposals for Round 7 due in less than one month's time, Aidspan has published three documents providing guidance for applicants considering applying in this round. The three documents are: