UNAIDS has released a guidance tool on how to include community systems strengthening activities in Global Fund proposals. "Supporting community based responses to AIDS, TB and malaria" is available at http://data.unaids.org/pub/BaseDocument/2010/201007_unaidscss_en.pdf.
French- and Spanish-language versions of the "Toolkit for Using Round 10 of the Global Fund for Health Systems Strengthening" are now available.
Friends Africa is offeringtechnical assistance for the development of Round 10 proposals, through itsTechnical Assistance Hub. Friends Africa is a pan-African organization whichmobilises support for the Global Fund.
This articles summarises someof what's new for Round 10, as an aide to people preparing proposals.
New prioritisation criteria
The call to submit proposals, as currently formulated - withvery specific guidance on how proposals should be presented and the issues theyshould focus on - is complex; and is also inconsistent with the Global Fundprinciple of supporting recipient-driven programmes. This indicates a need fora simpler application process, with the emphasis on country-driven proposals.
The Technical Review Panel (TRP) has been provided with a "gender criteria checklist" for use in reviewing Round 10 proposals. The checklist, which was prepared by the Global Fund's gender equality unit, is designed to help the TRP assess the gender-related components of submitted proposals.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a technical guidance brief on "Addressing Gender Inequalities: Strengthening HIV/AIDS Programming for Women and Girls" in Global Fund proposals.
A new toolkit for use in preparing Round 10 proposals contains information on how countries can use funding from the Global Fund to support health systems strengthening (HSS) activities. It also contains information on technical support providers that are available to assist applicants in developing proposals that address HSS.
The English version of Volume 2 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund" is now available at www.aidspan.org/guides. "Volume 2 - The Applications Process and Proposal Form" contains details on the Round 10 applications process and provides guidance on filling out the proposal form.
Failure to comply with any of the eligibility requirements may lead to a Round 10 proposal being categorised as ineligible by the Global Fund Secretariat. Ineligible proposals will not be forwarded to the Technical Review Panel (TRP) for review.