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).
In theory, country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) are a great idea. CCMs provide a forum for relevant stakeholders in a country to discuss the gaps in the national response to AIDS, TB and malaria, develop proposals for the Global Fund to address these gaps, nominate principal recipients (PRs) to implement the programmes should the proposals be approved, and oversee implementation.
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Having both the principal recipients (PRs) and local fund agents (LFAs) report directly to the Global Fund Secretariat and, in the process, bypassing country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) has usurped the CCM's oversight role.
The Global Fund has been issuing new information notes for Round 11 at a fairly constant rate. When we went to press, there were 22 information notes listed on the Fund's website here. Below, we provide details on six of them. This is followed by a list of all 22 notes.
Aidspan plans to release the English version of Volume 2 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 11 Applications to the Global Fund" within a few days of the launch of Round 11 (which is scheduled for 15 August). Volume 2 will include guidance on many of the questions on both the regular proposal form and the new common health systems strengthening (HSS) proposal form.
When is the Global Fund finally going to make it easier for Non-CCMs to apply to the Fund to address the needs of vulnerable populations that have been left out of the national response?
People living with HIV are present on CCMs, but often lack genuine access to decision-making. Key affected populations are often absent from CCMs. CCM members (not just government representatives) are often unable or unwilling to create the conditions needed for the meaningful participation of these populations.
When the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Guidelines are revised later this year, they will include strategies to strengthen gender expertise and achieve balanced gender representation on CCMs.