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GFO Live contains news, analysis and commentary articles written by Aidspan about the Global Fund and related issues. The articles appear in GFO Live as we write them. Many of the articles posted here in GFO Live will also appear in the next issue of GFO Newsletter. When GFO Live articles appear in GFO Newsletter, they are removed from GFO Live. All articles in GFO Live contain a comment feature where readers can comment on the article itself and on comments from other readers.
ANNOUNCEMENTCall for proposals from France’s 5% initiative to improve gender representation and key population support under Global Fund grants
France’s 5% initiative offering financial support for national strategies to improve effectiveness of Global Fund grant implementation and administration
The signing of a results-based financing model in Rwanda marks a new approach for the Global Fund to a more hands-off approach to funding strong partners. The model will provide budget support to the national strategy while rewarding good performance against national targets.
NEWSZambia and Swaziland develop advocacy roadmap to promote behavior change as central to Global Fund proposals
Zambia and Swaziland have developed an advocacy roadmap to ensure effective implementation of Global Fund grants and have focused on behavior change as a major priority.
Zimbabwe has shared the process it went through as an early applicant under the new funding model with its successful HIV grant proposal. The experience was shared with other High Impact Africa 2 countries at a regional meeting in Lusaka, Zambia.
At Aidspan’s invitation, representatives of 30 organizations from East and Southern Africa met in Nairobi on 21-22 November 2013 to inaugurate the Africa Health Watch partnership to monitor the implementation of global health programs against AIDS, TB and malaria.
The lobbying group Women4GF Africa is developing a new strategy to promote equality and inclusion of women and girls in Global Fund processes, to ensure the most effective impact of programming that targets them.
Most of the $32.6 million in incremental funding for Phase 2 of a TB grant to Somalia will be used to expand case detection and DOTS. The grant is being implemented in a challenging environment.
NEWSNew Funding for HIV Grants in Tanzania Will Reduce the ARV Gap and Scale Up Services to Sex Workers and MSM
Tanzania was awarded $79 million in new funding for two HIV grants to expand antiretroviral therapy coverage and scale up prevention services for female sex workers and men who have sex with men.
NEWSRenewal Funding for TB Grant to Yemen Comes Despite Concerns About Phase 1 Performance and Risks Associated with the Grant
The Global Fund recently approved $4.2 million for Phase 2 of a TB grant to Yemen despite reservations about the grant's performance in Phase 1 and continued concerns about risk.
Funding of $36.2 million for Phase 2 of a health systems strengthening grant in Viet Nam will be used to scale up activities and address key bottlenecks.