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.
Over 300 organizations in 67 countries have signed the International Appeal for Full Funding of the Global Fund. This Appeal was launched two weeks ago by the three NGO board members of the Global Fund, backed by a coalition of NGOs in Europe, North America and Japan.
To: Global Fund supporters around the world
From: Rita Arauz Molina, Global Fund board member representing Developing Country NGOs
Peter van Rooijen, Global Fund board member representing Developed Country NGOs
Anandi Yuvaraj, Global Fund board member representing communities living with HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
Date: 10 August 2005
Re: Urgent Call for Action regarding Global Fund financing
Global Fund grants are, on average, three months behind schedule, according to an analysis conducted by Aidspan, the NGO that publishes GFO.
The Board elected Dr. Carol Jacobs of Barbados to serve as Chair for the next two years, and it elected Prof. Michel Kazatchkine to serve as Vice-Chair. They took over from Mr. Tommy Thompson, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Helene Rossert, head of the French NGO AIDES, respectively, whose terms of office had expired.
This issue of GFO is devoted almost entirely to decisions made at the Global Fund board meeting that took place in Geneva on April 21-22. The Fund holds three board meetings per year. This was the tenth such meeting. GFO was present, with observer status.
NGO delegations to the Global Fund have chosen new board members and alternates to represent them.
Elizabeth Mataka (email@example.com), Executive Director of the Zambia National AIDS Network (ZNAN), will serve for the rest of 2005 as Alternate (that is, Deputy) board member representing Developing Country NGOs, and then for 2006 as the board member.
Chapter 3 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 5 Applications to the Global Fund" discusses the strengths and weaknesses of applications submitted in Rounds 3 and 4. The list provided is based on an extensive analysis by Aidspan of comments made on those applications by the TRP.
The main strengths that the TRP has mentioned are as follows:
At its November meeting, the Global Fund Board resolved that for all proposals submitted for Round 5, and for all Phase 2 renewals as of June 2005, CCMs must follow some key new requirements. Because these are requirements rather than just recommendations, the Round 5 application form can be expected to ask for proof that these requirements have been implemented.
The requirements are: