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Information for Early Applicants

1 Mar 2013
Early CCM applicants will use most elements of the NFM
Concept note is a mix of old and new

This article summarises the guidance provided by the Global Fund for early applicants under the new funding model (NFM), the process that these applicants will follow, and the information these applicants are required to submit.

Guidance provided by the Global Fund

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New Modular Approach Adopted for Outlining Proposed Programmes

1 Mar 2013
Modules (or “programme areas”) replace the SDAs used under the rounds-based system

In conjunction with the introduction of the new funding model (NFM), the Global Fund is introducing a new, modular approach for describing the programmes for which applicants are requesting funding.

What the Global Fund calls the “taxonomy” of the modular approach is explained in the following diagram taken from a near-final draft of the Concept Note Instructions for Early Applicants.

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Country Dialogue is “Country-Owned and -Led”

1 Mar 2013

As the Global Fund describes it, the “country dialogue” is not something that the Fund created. The Fund says that the term describes a dialogue that already occurs, or at least should be occurring, among the country coordinating mechanism (CCM), implementers, technical partners, donors, governments, civil society and key affected populations.

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Global Fund Will Evaluate Performance of Each CCM Annually

1 Mar 2013
Early NFM applicants will undergo these assessments

The Global Fund will institute annual assessments of the performance of individual CCMs. During the assessments, the Global Fund will evaluate compliance against four of the six minimum CCM requirements and against what the Fund refers to as “the four associated minimum standards.”

Early CCM applicants under the new funding model will undergo these assessments during the country dialogue process.

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PEPFAR Evaluation Identifies Synergies and Challenges in Working with the Global Fund

27 Feb 2013
Establishment by PEPFAR of Global Fund liaison position in Geneva has improved collaboration

In some countries, PEPFAR and the Global Fund provide 90% of total funding for responses to HIV, yet the planning and implementation processes of the two donors are not always aligned. This is one of the findings of an evaluation of the US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) conducted by the US Institute of Medicine.

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OIG Cites Good Practices in CARICOM HIV Grant

24 Oct 2012
Says grant is a good model of how a regional grant can benefit small island states

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found much to admire in its diagnostic review of a Round 9 HIV grant to the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM). The OIG said that it had observed many good management and programme practices in the implementation of the grant, and that the grant was a good model of how a regional grant should work in small island states.

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Experts Provide Their Views on the Future of the Global Fund

19 Oct 2012
New online forum launched by CGD

The Global Fund has “missed the point” by jumping directly into the politically very sensitive issue of an allocation model (i.e. how to divide the money). This is the view of Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as expressed on a new online forum.

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OIG Releases Report on Diagnostic Review for Gambia Grants

17 Oct 2012
Good practices observed among the PRs, but some weaknesses in administration identified
Report is critical of CCM, LFA

There are several good practices in the implementation of Global Fund grants in Gambia, but there are also weaknesses in financial management, procurement and supplies management, and oversight, according to a diagnostic review carried out by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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Diagnostic Review Finds that Eritrea Has Used Grant Funds Constructively to Strengthen Health Systems

17 Oct 2012
The review also identified weaknesses in programmes and systems
PR has agreed to take actions to address the weaknesses

Eritrea has used Global Fund resources from a number of grants constructively to strengthen its national health systems, a diagnostic review of the country’s grants released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found. The review identified other good practices. But it also revealed weaknesses in programme management and in financial and procurement systems.

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OIG Audit in Mozambique Identifies Serious Weaknesses in One PR: the Ministry of Health

9 Oct 2012
Says control environment has not improved in eight years
MOH, other stakeholders, agree to steps to address the problems

According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in the short to medium term the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Mozambique may not be able to meet the strict requirements of the Global Fund due to limitations in capacity. The MOH is principal recipient (PR) for three active grants, one for each disease.

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