In many African countries that receive Global Fund grants, implementers may not take advantage of the services their Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) could provide. This is one of the key findings of a study conducted by Aidspan on the involvement of SAIs in auditing Global Fund grants.
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Supreme Audit Institutions in some countries in Africa may not be involved in Global Funds grants: Aidspan report
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.
The Civil Society Principal Recipients Network (CSPRN) is inviting all civil society PRs to send representatives to the network’s annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8–12 October 2012 (maximum two representatives per PR).
The Global Fund's "Round 8", launched on March 1, is expected to be the biggest Round thus far. No previous Round has involved two-year commitments by the Fund of more than $1.1 billion. Yet the Fund says that currently, approximately $2 billion is forecast to be available for Round 8, and that this amount may increase as additional pledges from donors are made.
Three Excerpts from "The Aidspan Guide to Understanding Global Fund Processes for Grant Implementation - Volume 2: From First Disbursement to Phase 2 Renewal"
Following are three excerpts from "The Aidspan Guide to Understanding Global Fund Processes for Grant Implementation - Volume 2: From First Disbursement to Phase 2 Renewal," whose publication was announced in GFO #82 (available at www.aidspan.org/gfo).
Versions of this guide in French and Spanish have just been posted, as announced below.
French and Spanish Versions of "The Aidspan Guide to Understanding Global Fund Processes for Grant Implementation - Volume 2: From First Disbursement to Phase 2 Renewal" are Released
French and Spanish versions of Volume 2 of "The Aidspan Guide to Understanding Global Fund Processes for Grant Implementation" are now available at www.aidspan.org/guides. The English version of the guide was posted in December.
As it does for each round of funding, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) has identified a number of issues with respect to the Round 7 applications and review process, and has made several recommendations to the Global Fund (and others) that could lead to changes in future rounds.
Over the last few months, innovative plans by the China CCM to use an NGO as Principal Recipient for a Round 6 HIV/AIDS Global Fund grant, and to use small grass-roots NGOs for much of the implementation work, have been almost entirely reversed.
Global Fund grants where the Principal Recipient (PR) is not a government entity are somewhat more likely to perform well, according to a recent statistical analysis published in The Lancet.
Key decisions made by the Global Fund Board at the meeting that ended on Friday were as follows.