by Bernard Rivers
I was recently invited by a university in the UK to serve as a visiting fellow for most of this year while conducting research on the Global Fund. I have to raise my own funding for this project, so the only advantage of the fellowship is that it provides a label to hang round my neck. But that’s exactly what I wanted, so I accepted with thanks.
Since the start of Aidspan eleven years ago, our website (www.aidspan.org) has been almost exclusively in English. The website has been an important tool in our work of explaining, analysing and discussing various aspects of the Global Fund’s operations and structure.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that it plays a key role in developing the capacity of national bodies in the countries where it operates as principal recipient (PR) to enable them to implement Global Fund grants after UNDP has completed its term as PR.
The Editor’s Note at the beginning of issue 211 of the GFO Newsletter said that the application materials for early applicants under the new funding model (NFM) were not available on the Global Fund website. This was an error.
Interim applicants selected by the Global Fund will receive a formal invitation to apply for funding in the transition phase. The Global Fund will advise each potential interim applicant of the amount of funding available to it. Invited applicants will be asked to officially acknowledge receipt of the Global Fund’s invitation, and to confirm within a specified time frame whether they would like to participate.
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
In 2012, the India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) conducted an exercise to prepare itself and its sub-recipients (SRs) and sub-sub-recipients (SSRs) for an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Alliance India is the principal recipient (PR) for a Round 9 HIV grant worth about $25 million.
by Bernard Rivers
My father was a manager. When he retired, his days were suddenly empty. He had nothing to manage.
And now, it’s my turn to “retire.” But no empty days for me, please – that would be a fate worse than death.
On 12 October 2012, the Global Fund Secretariat submitted a paper containing options and recommendations for the design of the new funding model to the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) of the Global Fund Board. The SIIC will discuss the paper at its meeting in Geneva of 24–26 October 2012.
Anyone who has scrutinized reports from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will have noticed that in the last couple of years the tone has become less strident and more nuanced. The new tone is welcome, but I have a quibble about some of the new language.