The board agreed at an earlier meeting that in 2005 it will hold a two-part Replenishment Conference at which many donors and potential donors will meet to discuss Global Fund needs and the amounts they are prepared to pledge for 2006 and 2007 (and, with luck, for 2005).
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The Global Fund board looks all set for a difficult discussion about Round 5 next week. What are the factors?
The Global Fund has not succeeded in raising the full amount needed from non-US donors to meet the US condition for handing over its full 2004 pledge of $547 million.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has demonstrated great momentum by launching four funding rounds in just over two years. But despite the recommendations of the Partnership Forum in July, where participants expressed strong support for a launch of Round 5 by early 2005, there now appears to be a reduction of support from several donors, many of whom do not support the launching of a new round in the coming months.
The US is likely not to hand over a small portion of its 2004 pledge to the Global Fund. In January, the US Congress appropriated $547 million to be given to the Global Fund during 2004, on condition that the amount given by the US does not exceed 33% of all donations made this year. It now seems unlikely that contributions from non-US donors will be enough to permit the US to hand over its full $547 m. pledge.
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.
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.
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation yesterday announced a new pledge of $50 million for the Fund. This marks the third consecutive year in which Gates has given $50 million to the Fund. Although private foundations have a Global Fund board seat, no other foundation has ever given to the Fund, except for pro bono services and some very minor donations of a few thousand dollars.
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.
All those attending the Bangkok International AIDS Conference are invited to a satellite meeting on CCMs.
Title: The Global Fund - How CCMs can be More Effective
Date: Wednesday 14 July 2004, 18:00 to 20:00
Location: Bangkok International AIDS Conference, Conference Room D
Audience: CCM members (actual and potential) from all sectors