[Adapted by the author from a presentation she gave on July 14 at the Bangkok International AIDS Conference, at a satellite session entitled, "The Global Fund: How CCMs Can Be More Effective," organized by Aidspan and other NGOs.]
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A draft of the official report from July's Global Fund Partnership Forum is now available at the Fund's web site (www.theglobalfund.org/en/about/forum/default.asp). The Partnership Forum is mandated by the Global Fund's bylaws, but it has no legal decision-making role.
The Global Fund Secretariat is developing an "early warning system" to identify grant recipients that are at risk of being placed in category "C" in the Phase 2 decision process (which would mean that their grants would not be renewed at the end of Year 2).
A common refrain at the Global Fund Partnership Forum in Bangkok in July was the need for technical assistance - especially in writing Global Fund applications, developing effective government-civil society relationships within CCMs, improving communication among stakeholders, and developing monitoring and evaluation capacity at the CCM, PR, and LFA levels.
Simon Mphuka is the Director of Programs for the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), a faith-based organization that is one of four Principal Recipients in Zambia.
The board agreed to set up a new committee, chaired by the Board Vice Chair, to make policy recommendations regarding the provision of technical assistance and capacity development for and through Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Principal Recipients, and Sub-Recipients.