Key decisions made by the Global Fund Board at the meeting that ended on Friday were as follows.
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The Global Fund has chosen a new Chair who comes from the private sector, and a new Vice-Chair who comes from an African NGO. This is the first time that both positions have come from sectors other than government.
The Global Fund's Board completed a three-day meeting in Geneva on Friday that reached solid agreement on multiple strategic issues that could easily have led to dissent.
The Global Fund Board has approved two of the twelve Round 6 proposals whose original rejection had been appealed by the applicants. The newly approved proposals are an HIV/AIDS proposal from Egypt that will cost $5.4 million over the first two years, and a TB proposal from Pakistan that will cost $22.6 million. The approvals are subject to a number of clarifications being successfully responded to in a timely manner.
Friends of the Global Fund Africa
Last month, Friends of the Global Fund Africa (Friends Africa) held its inaugural meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. This is the fourth Friends organization to be established; the others are in the USA, Japan and Europe. Each of them is formally independent of the Fund.
The Global Fund today issued the following press release:
8 February 2007
Professor Michel Kazatchkine Selected as Executive Director of the Global Fund
The Global Fund board's Nomination Committee has narrowed the list of candidates to be the next Executive Director down to a final three - David Nabarro, Michel Kazatchkine, and Alex Coutinho. The full board will interview the candidates on Wednesday (February 7), and will then make a final decision on Thursday or Friday.
The Boston Globe today published an article alleging that Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund, "has made extensive use of a little-known private bank account, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on limousines, expensive meals, boat cruises, and other expenses."
The Global Fund Board has approved an Action Plan for its second attempt at selecting a new Executive Director for the Fund. (As reported in GFO Issue 68, the first attempt failed when none of the shortlisted candidates gained the support of two-thirds of the "donor group" of the Board plus two-thirds of the "recipient group".)
Six months after launching its search for a new Executive Director, the Global Fund reached an impasse at the board meeting that ended on Friday. Despite over twenty hours of intense discussion spread over four days, the board failed to reach consensus on any of the five short-listed candidates.