On 14–15 November 2012, the Global Fund Board held its 28th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status. The main decisions made at the meeting, in chronological order, were as follows. (For precise wording of what the Board agreed, see the decision points document that has been posted here.
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The Global Fund Board has selected Dr Mark Dybul to serve as the Fund’s next Executive Director. He previously served as head of the US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The decision was made by the Board on 15 November at its 28th meeting in Geneva, and the appointment will take effect in early February.
On 12 October 2012, the Global Fund Secretariat submitted a paper containing options and recommendations for the design of the new funding model to the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) of the Global Fund Board. The SIIC will discuss the paper at its meeting in Geneva of 24–26 October 2012.
The future of the Affordable Medicines Facility–malaria (AMFm) will be decided at the Global Fund Board meeting on 14–15 November 2012. The outcome appears anything but certain. The AMFm was launched as a two-year pilot phase in April 2009 and began operations in July 2010. The AMFm is hosted by the Global Fund but its programme funding comes from other donors.
At the recent Global Fund Board meeting, considerable discussion and energy was devoted to the design of the new funding model (NFM), particularly concerning the issue of how funding would be allocated. The discussions took place during the pre-meeting (12 September) and on both days of the Board meeting itself (13 and 14). Almost 12 hours had been set aside, and were taken, to discuss the new model.
The Global Fund has released its results report for 2012, entitled “Strategic Investments for Impact.” The 94-page report provides comprehensive information on the achievements of programmes supported by the Global Fund through June 2012, and discusses some of the strategic issues the Fund is currently addressing.
Editor’s Note: This explanation of the broad elements of the new funding model is based on the decision point adopted by the Board. Not everything in the decision point is clear, so this explanation includes some interpretation by Aidspan. Readers are advised to check with the Global Fund Secretariat if they have questions.
The Global Fund has narrowed the search for a new Executive Director to 11 candidates, six males and five females. This information was provided to Board members at the Global Fund Board meeting in Geneva by Masaki Noke and Karlo Boras, respectively Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ad-Hoc Nominations Committee (AHNC).
The Secretariat is making a special effort to fix what it calls “stuck grants.” These are grants to which no money has flowed within the first three months after signature of the grant agreement or, for more mature grants, to which no money has flowed within the last six months. This information is contained in the report prepared for the Board meeting in Geneva by General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo.
The Global Fund says that over the past few months, it has taken steps to improve the outcomes of the grant renewal process. This information is contained in a report prepared by General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo for the Board meeting in Geneva.