One of the key aspects of the Global Fund is the fact that the Fund permits, and indeed encourages, civil society to be actively involved in the governance and implementation of grants. However, over the past year or two, the Fund has increasingly been pushing for a more formal and a more standardized way of implementing grants.
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The 400 participants at the Global Fund's Partnership Forum in July 2006 in Durban, South Africa, made recommendations of two main kinds: strategic, and operational. The strategic recommendations were reported in GFO Issue 61. (See www.aidspan.org/gfo.) Now, in this issue, we summarize the operational recommendations.
A half-day was set aside at this week's Partnership Forum in Durban for skills building. In ten separate small group sessions, participants shared their experiences concerning what was working well. The following is a summary of some of the lessons learned:
Effective implementation of grants:
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.
Donor Countries: Keep your Promise to Scale up the Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria
10 August 2005
The Global Fund board delegation that represents "Communities Living with AIDS, TB and Malaria" is seeking a person to serve as Communications Focal Point. This position requires one quarter to one half of the chosen person's time, and is unpaid, through costs are paid for attending Global Fund board meetings.
The Global Fund board has chosen Ambassador Randall Tobias, head of PEPFAR, the $15 billion US bilateral AIDS program, to serve as Chair of the Global Fund's key Policy and Strategy Committee. The resolution to approve Tobias, which came despite complaints by activist NGOs and a critical editorial in the New York Times, nearly failed to pass as a result of several votes not being received by the deadline.
- Partnership Forum report
A report was presented to the board by the chair of the committee that planned the Fund's first biennial Partnership Forum, attended by 400 participants in Bangkok in July.
In an analysis by GFO of all 212 Global Fund grants for which a grant agreement has been signed, 25 grants were identified as "slow-moving" and 22 were identified as "well-performing".
The International AIDS Conference, which takes place every two years, ended today. Based this year in Bangkok, the conference was attended by 19,000 people. The Global Fund featured prominently. Thanks in large part to criticisms of President Bush's $15 billion PEPFAR initiative, the Fund was widely and somewhat simplistically portrayed by many as the knight on a shining white horse that could do no wrong.