As reported in GFO #293, the Board has awarded Tanzania’s shortened HIV grant an extension of $109 million to allow it to continue providing essential HIV services through to the end of 2017. The original grant, totaling $277.5 million had an end date of 31 December 2016.
The Global Fund is now recruiting experts to join the Technical Review Panel (TRP). This recruitment effort focuses on the following areas of expertise: HIV, TB, malaria, health systems, human rights and gender, program management, challenging operating environments, community systems strengthening, investing for impact, sustainable financing, and transition.
In July 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $388 million in funding for six shortened grants to allow them to continue to provide services from the original end date of their grants to the end of 2017. Of the $388 million, $383 million is new funding. It comes from the $700 million that the Finance and Operational Performance Committee said in March 2016 was available for portfolio optimization.
Applicant experiences in the second wave of regional concept notes (RCNs) improved over last year, but challenges remain for the process.
The Global Fund and its stakeholders would be better served if the Fund released more information related to concept notes
The Global Fund is more transparent that probably any other major funder, but there are nevertheless gaps in transparency that the Fund needs to address. This is the first in a series of commentaries on this topic.
The Technical Evaluation Reference Group has developed a position paper on health systems strengthening, in which it advances a number of recommendations. The Secretariat has been asked to prepare a workplan with timelines for implementing the recommendations.
The allocation methodology for 2017-2019 was much discussed at the Board meeting on 16-17 November. There were two slots on the agenda devoted to this topic, but the Board was not asked to make any decisions.
Incentive funding awards reduced to find money to cover gaps in countries with shortened grant durations, TRP says
According to the Technical Review Panel (TRP), incentive funding recommendations for components submitted in Window 4 were reduced because the Secretariat “saw no other option to cover gaps for countries with shortened grant durations”. The gaps refer to the period between the end of the shortened grants and December 2017, after which funding from the next replenishment should become available.
Under the new funding model (NFM), the Global Fund created a system to maintain an inventory of unmet needs identified by countries, the funding for which exceeds their allocation for the period 2014-2017.