1. NEWS
7 Mar 2004

This brief issue of GFO serves to inform readers that the "Aidspan Guide to Applying to the Global Fund" has just been published. It is accessible at www.aidspan.org/guides, where the "Aidspan Guide to Obtaining Global Fund-Related Technical Assistance" is already available.

Chapter 1 includes sections on "Are you an Eligible Applicant?", "Are you Ready to Apply?", "Some Key Concepts to be Used in all Applications", and "Some Warnings." Chapter 2, which is based on an analysis of TRP comments, reviews the most common strengths and weaknesses of proposals submitted to the Global Fund in Round 3. Finally, Chapter 3 consists of a step-by-step guide to filling out the proposal form.

Chapter 3 includes an up-to-the-minute evaluation of the different methods whereby applicants can send their application data to the Global Fund. (One week ago, GFO commented on some technical problems that users of the online version of the application form were encountering.)

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