Results of studies on Global Fund TA presented at “closing” meeting organized by the host of the LAC Regional Platform
On 2-3 May 2017, the Regional Center for Technical Assistance (CRAT in its Spanish acronym), which is the host of the Regional Communication and Coordination Platform in Latin America and the Caribbean under the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Initiative, organized a two-day “closing” meeting in Bogota, Colombia.
At the annual meeting of the Civil Society Principal Recipients Network (CSPRN), civil society principal recipients (PRs) and the Global Fund examined ways to establish more effective systems and guidelines for dual-track financing and to strengthen the role of civil society within this framework.
The Regional Center for Technical Assistance (CRAT in its Spanish acronym) has developed a strategy to support civil society organizations (CSOs) and community groups in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to plan for sustainability of their outreach strategies to control HIV, TB and malaria. CRAT is the host of the regional communication and coordination platform under the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Initiative.
An independent review of the engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) and key populations in processes related to the Global Fund’s funding model has found significant lapses in inclusion.
After initially rejecting a plea for assistance from Venezuelan NGOs out of hand, the Global Fund now says it may be able to help
In an exchange of letters that spanned more than seven months, the Global Fund at first rejected a plea for help from the Venezuelan Network of Positive People (RVG+), but then may have left the door open to providing some assistance via other agencies. This is a story that is still unfolding.
According to the Global Fund, Venezuela is currently not eligible for funding under the Fund’s Eligibility Policy.
The Global Fund should review the scope, purpose and role of its country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs), said three donor constituencies on the Board – Switzerland, Germany and France – in a position paper released recently.
The amount of money available for country allocations for 2017-2019 is $10.3 billion. This amount includes $1.1 billion in unutilized funds from the 2014-2016 allocation period. See the table for details on how the final amount was calculated.
Table: Calculation of amount available for allocations to countries in 2017-2019 ($US)
In October 2015, the World Health Organization reported that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and reverse TB incidence (MDG 6c) was achieved on a worldwide basis, in each of WHO’s six regions and in 16 of the WHO’s 22 high-burden countries. While this progress is commendable, recent evidence suggests the trend may be reversing.
Since entering the New Funding Model (NFM) as an early applicant in 2013, Zimbabwe has been a unique case for Global Fund investments. The country submitted a single HIV concept note in April 2013 (before integrated HIV/TB concept notes were encouraged), was granted $311.2 million, and began implementation in January 2014.