The Civil Society Action Team (CSAT) has issued an action alert for the Global Fund"s Round 10. The action alert contains guidance on how civil society organisations can get involved in the CCM proposal development process. It also discusses the choice that HIV/AIDS applicants face between applying under the regular Round 10 funding stream and applying under the new MARPS (most-at-risk populations) funding stream.
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A civil society website has been established to provide information about advocacy efforts to mobilise resources for the Global Fund in the run-up to the replenishment meeting which will take place on 4-5 October 2010 in New York. At that meeting, most donors are expected to announce their pledges for the period 2011-2013.
Earlier this year, the India CCM organised elections to fill the eight seats on the CCM allocated to civil society organisations (CSOs). This marked the first time that CSO representatives were elected to the India CCM. Some CSOs expressed concerns about some parts of the process.
This article describes the elections process and the outcome.
The forty case studies commissioned by the Global Fund (see previous article) are very useful because they highlight what is and is not working well in a select group of CCMs. The best practices described in "A Report on the Country Coordinating Mechanism Model" should inspire CCMs that are looking to improve their performance.
The Global Fund and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance recently released a report on "Civil Society Success on the Ground - Community Systems Strengthening and Dual-Track Financing: Nine Illustrative Case Studies." The 48-page, undated report is available (in English only) at www.theglobalfund.org/documents/publications/prog
Over the last few months, innovative plans by the China CCM to use an NGO as Principal Recipient for a Round 6 HIV/AIDS Global Fund grant, and to use small grass-roots NGOs for much of the implementation work, have been almost entirely reversed.
The GTZ BACKUP Initiative has published a guide on where technical support for capacity development of Global Fund recipients is most needed, who is able to provide it, and how to make best use of it.
Civil society (CS) has played a key role in the design and development of the Global Fund, and in the response to AIDS, TB and malaria, but some challenges remain if the contribution of CS is to be maximised. This is the main message of a new report released by the Global Fund, “An Evolving Partnership: The Global Fund and Civil Society in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”
A group of NGOs has published guidelines on integrating the provision of sexual and reproductive health services into Global Fund Round 7 HIV/AIDS proposals.
After Michel Kazatchkine was selected to be the next Executive Director of the Global Fund, GFO interviewed him by phone. Here are excerpts from what he said.