In a recently-completed survey about the Global Fund, recipient governments had a high opinion of the Fund, but multilaterals agencies were much less sure. In addition, recipient governments ranked their own partnerships with civil society very high, yet civil society gave a much lower ranking to the same relationship. And major concerns were raised regarding the provision of technical assistance by partners.
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Representatives of over twenty donor governments met in Durban yesterday and today for a Mid-Term Review of the first "Replenishment" period of the Global Fund, covering 2006-7. The primary purpose of the meeting was for donors to receive presentations from the Secretariat regarding the Fund's progress thus far.
Governmental donors yesterday pledged $3.7 billion to the Global Fund. This commitment, which fell short of expectations, will be sufficient to pay for grant renewals during 2006+7, and also for the anticipated 2005 shortfall, but will not cover the cost of any new Rounds.
At yesterday's Replenishment meeting, donors agreed to state that they had pledged a total of $3.7 billion for 2006+7. However, by the end of yesterday they had not reached final agreement on how to describe which country had pledged how much.
The following table is GFO's own compilation of what was pledged by each country. Absolute
To: Global Fund supporters around the world
From: Rita Arauz Molina, Global Fund board member representing Developing Country NGOs
Peter van Rooijen, Global Fund board member representing Developed Country NGOs
Anandi Yuvaraj, Global Fund board member representing communities living with HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
Date: 10 August 2005
Re: Urgent Call for Action regarding Global Fund financing
Donor Countries: Keep your Promise to Scale up the Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria
10 August 2005
Global Fund donor governments meeting in Rome last week for their second replenishment meeting moved closer towards specifying their pledges to the Fund for 2006-7.
Several board members commented on the fact that at present, only $300 million of the anticipated $1,000 million cost of Round 5 has been promised. This led to a resolution saying "The Board notes with concern the current shortfall regarding funds available for Round 5. The Board calls upon participants of the Replenishment Conference, and all other potential donors, to take urgent action to ensure that Round 5 is fully funded."
The Global Fund has informed Senegal that it will not renew a malaria grant that is approaching the end of its second year, because of "systemic issues that resulted in poor performance." This is the first Global Fund grant to be terminated by the Fund after two years rather than being renewed for Years 3 through 5.
Next week, in Stockholm, the Fund will hold the first of two meetings of its first "Voluntary Replenishment Mechanism." The second meeting will take place in London in September. Further rounds of the Replenishment Mechanism are expected to be held every two or three years.