Malawi's ability to control the spread of HIV will be undermined by the structural barriers that prevent access to services by key populations: this was the message delivered to stakeholders participating in country dialogue to develop the southern African nation's HIV concept note.
Georgia's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) has officially assumed responsibility as principal recipient of Global Fund resources, signing an agreement with the Fund in early May to extend grant GEO-H-GPIC.
In late February, members of Côte d'Ivoire's country coordinating mechanism (CCM) met with some 60 representatives of government, non-governmental organizations and civil society for a four-day workshop on how best to implement the Global Fund's new funding model in their country.
Botswana’s country coordinating mechanism (CCM) is the first to conduct a performance self-assessment using a tool developed by Aidspan and Southern African AIDS Trust.
As one of six Southern African countries engaged in an Aidspan-led effort to improve engagement and performance at the CCM level, Botswana used the tool during a workshop in late 2013 to map where attention should be paid over 2014.
Aidspan is pleased to launch a research paper (available here) highlighting some of the main areas of conflict of interest within country coordination mechanisms that can compromise the process of principal recipient selection or grant implementation.
Aidspan has officially launched a new data analysis tool designed to provide comprehensive information about historical and current pledges and contributions to the Global Fund.
CCMs will from 2014 be required to conduct an annual self-assessment using a new Eligibility and Performance Assessment Tool to determine whether they are compliant with the Global Fund’s minimum requirements and minimum standards and to assess how well they are functioning.
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.
A follow-on project to Grant Management Solutions (GMS) has been awarded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), with support from the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, for a period of three years, with the possibility of an extension for up to two additional years. The project’s budget ceiling is $99.9 million.