A High Level Panel led by former President Mogae of Botswana and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt has recommended in its report, released yesterday, that the Global Fund make some major changes in its structure and working methods.
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Donors are expected to give the Global Fund about $11.7 billion over the three years 2011-2013. This is 20% more than the $9.7 billion that was pledged three years ago for the 2008-2010 period; but it is significantly less than the Global Fund says that it needs.
An online petition campaign has been organised in support of an effort to "fully finance" the Global Fund. The campaign is aiming to get 500,000 signatures by 30 September 2010. Organisers plan to submit the petition to world leaders at the Global Fund's replenishment meeting in New York on 4-5 October 2010.
Editor's Note: This article contains extracts from a presentation made by Dr Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS, when she testified on 11 March 2010 before the Sub-Committee on Africa and Global Health, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives.
At a meeting in New York in late January, a group of gender experts and other Global Fund stakeholders discussed how best to implement the Fund's November 2007 board decision that gender issues, particularly regarding the vulnerabilities of women and girls and sexual minorities, must be more substantially integrated into the Fund's policies and operations.
Aidspan, the NGO that publishes Global Fund Observer, has moved its primary base of operations from New York City, USA, to Nairobi, Kenya. (Publication of GFO was suspended during the transition, but resumes with this issue.)
"Observatorio Latino" Provides Information in Spanish Regarding Global Fund Activities in Latin America
Since late last year, a new publication, "Observatorio Latino", has provided web-based and email-based information in Spanish. According to Aid for AIDS International, the New York-based NGO that publishes it, Observatorio Latino has representatives in sixteen Latin American and Caribbean countries, and publishes information on how Global Fund money is made use of by its recipients.
Local Fund Agents (LFAs) perform work of very variable quality, yet the Fund provides little guidance regarding what it expects of them, according to a report released last month by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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 following article, reproduced in its entirety, was published in the Wall Street Journal on 3 August 2005.]
Global Fund Hires Investigator
By Michael M. Phillips, staff reporter of the Wall Street Journal
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria asked an outside investigator to look into allegations of mismanagement at the multibillion-dollar institution.