Five Concept Notes from Early Applicants Have Been Endorsed, and Have Moved to the Grant-Making Stage
Five concept notes submitted by early applicants have been endorsed by the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). Three of the concept notes are from the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) in Myanmar (one for each disease). The others are from CCMs in El Salvador (HIV) and Zimbabwe (HIV). This information was contained in the 15 May issue of the Global Fund’s News Flash.
Editor’s Note: Guinea-Bissau was one of seven applicants for which the Global Fund recently approved renewal funding. Articles on each of the other six renewals are available on GFO Live.
Pakistan is the first interim applicant in the transition phase of the new funding model (NFM) to be awarded money. On 3 May, the Global Fund Board approved funding in the amount of $8 million. This is the same amount that was identified for Pakistan when the interim applicants were announced (see GFO article).
The Grants Renewal Panel says that overall performance of a single-stream-of-funding TB grant in Nepal has been high and that there is an opportunity for scale-up in the next implementation period.
A number of strategic high-impact activities were not implemented during Phase 1 of a Round 8 TB grant in the Republic of Congo, and a significant portion of the budget was not spent, according to the Global Fund’s Grant Renewals Panel. Nevertheless, the Global Fund Board has approved new funding of $234,687 for Phase 2 of the grant. The overall Phase 2 budget recommended by the panel was approximately $2 million.
The Global Fund Board has approved Phase 2 funding for a Round 9 HIV grant in Bosnia and Hercegovina in the amount of $13.5 million. The principal recipient (PR) for the grant is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP is also PR for another HIV grant, which has been essentially completed, and for a TB grant in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
The Global Fund Board has approved Phase 2 funding for two Round 9 HIV grants in Pakistan. Funding of $7.1 million was approved for one of the grants, for which the principal recipient (PR) is the National AIDS Control Programme. Funding of $11.3 million was approved for the other grant, for which the PR is the Nai Zindagi Trust.
The Global Fund Board recently approved two Round 8 malaria grant renewals for Nigeria worth $225 million. This amount included $50 million in “new” money, which will be used to purchase bed nets.
The Global Fund Board has formed a working group to examine options for changes to the application, renewal and approval processes for new and existing investments.
Current estimates of funds available for Round 11 significantly lower than forecasted in May 2011
Funds might not be available until 4th quarter of 2013