The country dialogue process and the preparation of funding requests is either underway or complete in most Global Fund recipient countries. This article looks at whether gender is being considered in country discussions and how these discussions translate into differentiated needs and approaches in funding requests.
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As COVID-19 takes hold in Africa, will the Global Fund adjust its application windows for 2020-2022 funding requests?
Countries in the West and Central Africa region face major challenges in developing concept notes for their next Global Fund grant applications, in the context of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Figure 1: Mapping COVID-19 in Africa; image from 17 March 2020
Source: WHO website
Allocations increase of $780 million to West and Central Africa in 2020-2022 funding cycle will speed up progress towards achieving the Global Goals by 2030
Global Fund grants already recommended by the TRP represent 88% of the $10.3 billion available for countries for 2017–2019
Two-thirds of the expected funding requests for 2017–2019 have already been received. The Technical Review Panel has already recommended grants from these funding requests worth 88% of the $10.3 billion allocated to countries.
Meanwhile, the Global Fund’s survey of participants has found that most people rate the experience of applying in this funding cycle Good or Very Good.
The Global Fund’s approach to supporting sustainability and transition is based on the central premise that planning for sustainability is something that should be taken into account by all countries regardless of where they sit on the development continuum.
When people think about key populations in the context of the Global Fund, they tend to think about the ones that are mentioned most often – such as sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men.
TRP review of Global Fund Window 1 funding requests: Technical lessons learned for malaria, TB and HIV
TB funding requests did not convey a sense of boldness, innovation or ambition in the setting of targets or in the design of interventions, to quickly “move the needle.” This was one of many technical lessons learned identified by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) in a debriefing document which describes the outcomes of its review of funding requests from Window 1 of the current funding cycle.