French, Spanish and Russian Versions of the Aidspan Documents for In-Country Submissions Are Released
The Aidspan documents for in-country submissions are now available in French, Spanish and Russian at www.aidspan.org/aidspanpublications. The English versions of these documents were posted in early December. For a full description of the contents of these documents, see Issue 82 of GFO (available at www.aidspan.org/gfo).
"Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start" Is Released
Volume 1 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 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 couple of weeks.
As discussed in Article 1 (Alert: Start Preparing Now for Round 8!), the Global Fund requires each CCM to seek submissions from domestic organizations regarding what they would like the CCM to include in each proposal to the Fund.
The Global Fund is scheduled to issue its Call for Proposals for Round 8 on 1 March 2008. From that date, applicants will have 120 days to prepare and submit their proposals. This may sound like a fair amount of time but, in our experience, most applicants in recent rounds of funding have had to rush to get their proposals completed on time, and some have failed to get their proposals approved because of that rush.
The Global Fund's eighth Round of proposals, to be launched on 1 March 2008, will be particularly well funded; there should be enough money to approve every proposal in which the need is clearly established, the design is good, and the ability to implement is proven.
Based on advise from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the Board divided eligible Round 7 proposals into five Categories, as follows:
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.
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.
A group of NGOs has published guidelines on integrating the provision of sexual and reproductive health services into Global Fund Round 7 HIV/AIDS proposals.
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: