Switching gears from a typical executive director's report to the Board during the Global Fund's 33rd meeting on 31 March, Mark Dybul reflected on the six trips he had made in the first quarter of 2015 that demonstrated what he said were the breadth and flexibility inherent in the new funding model.
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A consensus, unanimous vote for the new 'Dream Team' was passed, electing Norbert Hauser of the German delegation and a former interim inspector general as Board chair and Aida Kurtovic, from the EECA delegation and long-time civil society activist, as vice-chair. Campaigning took place behind closed doors and the vote passed easily as the 33rd Board meeting opened on 31 March.
The Global Fund provided an update on its implementation of the $15 million Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative: technical assistance to improve civil society participation in country dialogue and concept note development, and support for long-term capacity development of civil society networks.
The CRG special initiative has three components:
Advocates at the national and community level across Global Fund-eligible implementing countries are working closely with gender experts within the Secretariat to ensure that women and girls are at the center of countries' planning and concept note development under the new funding model (NFM). This is in line with a new Gender Equality Strategy implementation plan being promoted with increased vigor by the Secretariat.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP13 and GF/B31/DP14
The Global Fund Board approved the appointment of new members for two-year terms on the the Audit and Ethics Committee (AEC) and the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC). Insufficient nominations to the Finance and Operational Performance Committee (FOPC) resulted in a reopening of the process.
At its meeting on 8–9 October, the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) made decisions in four areas related to the new funding model (NFM): awarding of incentive funding, managing unfunded quality demand, health systems strengthening and TB/HIV collaboration. This article provides details.
The Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) has determined the parameters to be used for the allocations formula for 2014–2016. The SIIC approved indicators for disease burden and ability to pay; the methodology for determining Band 4 allocations; and maximum and minimum shares for apportioning indicative funding. This article provides details.