The role of the CCM in overseeing the implementation of grants is not well understood by most CCMs. As a result, CCM oversight is not working in most countries.
The Global Fund recently released a “Guidance Paper on CCM Oversight.” The 9-page, undated paper is available in six languages at www.theglobalfund.org/en/apply/mechanisms/guidelines. The paper refers to oversight by CCMs, not oversight of CCMs.
The forty case studies commissioned by the Global Fund (see previous article) are very useful because they highlight what is and is not working well in a select group of CCMs. The best practices described in "A Report on the Country Coordinating Mechanism Model" should inspire CCMs that are looking to improve their performance.
In an interim report entitled "A Report on the Country Coordinating Mechanism Model," the Global Fund has released results from 40 case studies it commissioned on the operations of 19 CCMs. The report, which is undated, is available at www.theglobalfund.org/documents/publications/other/CCM/CCM_report.pdf.
As previously reported, Round 9 will take place nearly six months earlier than had originally been anticipated; it will be launched on 1 October 2008. This represents only the second time that two calls for proposals have been launched within a single year. Round 10 is then expected to begin in April 2009.
As announced in previous issues of GFO, in November 2006 the Global Fund Board created a new mechanism – the Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC) – to allow applicants with strongly performing grants to apply for continuing funding for up to an additional six years beyond the original proposal term.
The "Report of the Round 7 Screening Review Panel," which is the subject of the previous article, raises a number of issues with respect to (a) the application of the six minimum requirements for CCMs and (b) applications from non-CCMs.
The CCM Minimum Requirements
Large parts of the Global Fund Board meeting that ended yesterday were mind-numbingly boring, sometimes inevitably so and sometimes not. However, things certainly came to life when Round 9 was discussed.
The Board's decision regarding Round 9 creates some important new options that every CCM that is currently working on a Round 8 proposal needs to think hard about.
In an unexpected development, the Board of the Global Fund yesterday agreed in principle that Round 9 will be launched nearly six months earlier than had been anticipated. The Board also agreed that CCMs whose Round 8 proposals narrowly fail to be approved will be permitted to resubmit those proposals as part of Round 9, after they address shortcomings pointed out by the Technical Review Panel (TRP).
If you stopped an ordinary man in the street here in Kenya and told him that there is a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria which gives money to help Kenya fight the three diseases, he would probably be pleasantly surprised. For not many people here have any idea that such a fund exists.