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Reform is possible, and necessary, in the governance of the Global Fund

2 Apr 2014

by Bernard Rivers

In 2011, the Global Fund faced a crisis of confidence triggered by some negative media articles. In line with the old adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste, the Fund’s Board sought to address a number of weaknesses, some of which had never been previously discussed.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina hope that low prevalence means low risk

2 Apr 2014
The eventual phasing-out of Global Fund support in the country means other sources of income for critical outreach into vulnerable communities must be found, and soon

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will from December 2015 no longer be eligible for Global Fund financing as it is currently designated an upper middle-income country with low burden of disease.

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Global Fund announces country allocations under NFM

19 Mar 2014
Concerns abound about allocation period, transition funding and integration of existing and new money

The Global Fund on 12 March announced the allocation of $14.82 billion dollars across the 123 countries eligible for financial support of activities in at least one disease component, timing the release of a comprehensive list of the amounts available to each country with personalized letters sent directly to country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs).

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Africa Bureau one step closer to fruition after 31st Board meeting

19 Mar 2014
The hub still faces resource challenges and has not yet found a home

Representatives from African implementing countries took a step closer in March towards the inauguration of a regional bureau that will help coordinate and harmonize communications on the continent in order to be better positioned to influence decision-making by the Global Fund Board.

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Disappointment and concern are hallmarks of country reactions to 2014-2016 allocations

19 Mar 2014
Money is not nearly enough, say most

Aidspan approached dozens of countries for comment about the allocation envelopes announced on March 12. Below are the responses received in time for publication of GFO 240 on March 19. Several countries contacted said that consultations were expected in coming weeks; Aidspan intends to collate further responses and will publish another compilation if warranted.

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“Significantly over-allocated” countries see limits on their resources under new funding model’s allocations

19 Mar 2014
These countries will be limited to implementing existing grants through 2016

Countries considered by the Global Fund to be “significantly over-allocated” have seen dramatic reductions in their allocations under the new funding model (NFM), and will be limited to implementing existing grants until the end of 2016.

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Concern in MENA region over NFM and refugee crisis

19 Mar 2014
Regional workshop on NFM in Jordan prepares participants for new financing mechanism

The introduction of the new funding model (NFM) has raised some concerns in the Middle East that it fails to consider the sweeping population movements and refugee crisis around the region and their impact on public health, particularly with respect to higher incidence of TB.

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Meaningful change or more of the same rhetoric? The Global Fund’s new funding model and the politics of HIV scale-up

18 Mar 2014

This week’s full roll-out of the new funding model provides an opportunity to review independent assessments at the country level that recommend a significant transformation in the way the Global Fund structures its operations.

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Transition to new funding model and fourth replenishment approved by Global Fund Board

11 Mar 2014
The debate proved the most contentious at the Board meeting, drawing concerns from a number of delegations

DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP09

The Global Fund Board has approved a framework and roadmap for transition between the rounds-based approach and the new funding model (NFM), aiming to align timelines for grant funding with replenishment of the Global Fund’s coffers.

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Appointments announced for two Board committees: AEC and SIIC

11 Mar 2014
New call for nominations issued for the FOPC

DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP13 and GF/B31/DP14

The Global Fund Board approved the appointment of new members for two-year terms on the the Audit and Ethics Committee (AEC) and the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC). Insufficient nominations to the Finance and Operational Performance Committee (FOPC) resulted in a reopening of the process.

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