French-, Spanish- and Russian-language versions of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund - Volume 1: Getting a Head Start" are now available at www.aidspan.org/guides. The English version was posted earlier. For a description of the contents of this guide, see GFO 121 at www.aidspan.org/gfo.
In April 2010, the Global Fund Board approved six proposals in Wave 8 of the Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC) funding stream, representing costs of up to $151 million over three years. Of the six proposals, four were for HIV and two were for malaria. All approvals are conditional on the applicant responding satisfactorily to clarifications requested by the Technical Review Panel (TRP).
As mentioned in Article 2, countries with grants rated "A1" will, starting in 2011, be eligible to apply for additional funding to expand service delivery. The funds have to be used for services and strategies already included in the grant.
As mentioned in Article 1, revised prioritisation criteria adopted by the Global Fund Board for Round 10 mean that technical merit will have considerably less weight than it had under the criteria used in previous rounds of funding.
Volume 1 of <i>"TheAidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund"</i> Is NowAvailable
Aidspan has released the first volume of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund." Volume 1, "Getting a Head Start," is designed to assist applicants with the process of preparing proposals for Round 10, particularly in the period of time before the Global Fund officially launches Round 10.
Despite the fact that many agencies are providing technical assistance (TA) in the region, countries in South-East Asia face a wide range of significant challenges in applying for and implementing Global Fund grants. Some of the challenges originate from Global Fund processes and systems. Others are specific to individual countries.
Activists in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have expressed concern that the Global Fund may make changes to its eligibility and prioritisation criteria that may disadvantage lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries (LMIC/UMIC), including many in the LAC region.
The Global Fund is expected to issue a call for proposals for its tenth round of funding shortly. The exact date of the launch will be decided at the next Board meeting, scheduled for 28-30 April 2010.
It appears that the Global Fund Secretariat is becoming more rigorous in its application of the eligibility criteria for proposals from CCMs (i.e., the six minimum requirements). As reported in the previous article, proposals from seven CCMs were screened out (i.e., deemed ineligible) in Round 9, compared with zero in Round 8 and three in each of Rounds 6 and 7.
Report Reveals that Seven CCM Applications Were Declared Ineligible During Round 9 Proposal Screening
Last year, seven applications from CCMs were deemed to be ineligible for consideration by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) as a result of the Round 9 screening process. This is in sharp contrast to Round 8, when no CCM applications were screened out. In each of Rounds 6 and 7, only three CCM applications were found to be ineligible.