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Volatile South Sudan presents challenges to Global Fund assistance

18 Feb 2014
The Fund and its partners grapple with implementing development programs in a country paralyzed by insecurity

Since mid-December 2013, ethnic clashes in South Sudan have displaced about a half-million people and sent more than 100,000 fleeing across borders seeking refuge. That insecurity, and the attendant mobility of the population, has interrupted a number of development programs, including several that are receiving financial support from the Global Fund.


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Integration of TB and HIV programs in high burden countries both necessary and beneficial, experts say

18 Feb 2014
How to get the two programs working together among anticipated challenges

Forty-one countries will from 2014 be required by the Global Fund to submit joint TB-HIV concept notes under the new funding model in what experts in both fields consider to be necessary and beneficial but also challenging to implement.


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$100 million grant signed for Southeast Asian malaria initiative

6 Feb 2014
Regional outreach to migrants to complement service delivery in five Southeast Asian countries

A $100-million grant to avert the spread of artemisinin resistance in five malaria endemic countries in the Greater Mekong sub-region has been signed by a full complement of stakeholders, signalling the successful achievement of a first regional application under the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM).


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LFA paper released

6 Feb 2014

With a budget of $65 million annually, the Local Fund Agents represent a significant and critical element in the Global Fund’s architecture and reflects about 20 percent of its total operating budget. Despite this, there has been little reflection or review of this piece of the model. One of the last reviews of the LFA system was commissioned by the Fund in 2006, and published online in 2007.


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Botswana pilots Aidspan’s CCM assessment tool

6 Feb 2014
Team found diversity in voices and commitment to transparency as its key strengths

Botswana’s country coordinating mechanism (CCM) is the first to conduct a performance self-assessment using a tool developed by Aidspan and Southern African AIDS Trust.

As one of six Southern African countries engaged in an Aidspan-led effort to improve engagement and performance at the CCM level, Botswana used the tool during a workshop in late 2013 to map where attention should be paid over 2014.


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Russia in transition from recipient to donor of Global Fund grants

6 Feb 2014
Civil society groups look for other resources to fill anticipated vacuum in program support

Russia has announced its pledge to commit $60 million to the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment cycle ahead of the anticipated end in 2014 of all Global Fund grants to the country.


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Civil society, government and affected populations join HIV country dialogue in DRC

5 Feb 2014
The meeting was an opportunity to plot priorities for DRC’s HIV concept note

Stakeholders representing civil society, government, key affected populations and technical partners met on 14-15 January in Kinshasa for the final country dialogue meeting for Democratic Republic of Congo to validate the content and priorities of an HIV concept note under the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM).


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The good, the bad and the uncomfortable in country ownership

21 Jan 2014

by Kate Macintyre

A mere $28billion later and the Global Fund’s dedication to country ownership as a guiding principle is still intact, bolstered, reinforced, reinvented or reemphasized at almost every opportunity. 


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Aidspan launches survey of conflict of interest within country coordination mechanisms

21 Jan 2014

Aidspan is pleased to launch a research paper (available here) highlighting some of the main areas of conflict of interest within country coordination mechanisms that can compromise the process of principal recipient selection or grant implementation.


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Civil society urges increase in domestic spending on HIV across Eastern Europe and Central Asia

21 Jan 2014
The call comes amid heightened concern about anticipated cuts by Global Fund from 2016

A Georgia-based NGO has launched an online petition it hopes will attract regional support for a greater push by governments to fill the anticipated vacuum that will be left once the Global Fund no longer commits significant financial support to a majority of EECA countries.


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