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On 15 December 2016, the Global Fund Secretariat notified all countries of their allocation amounts for the 2017-2019 grant cycle. The allocation letters shed light on which countries are eligible to access additional funding on top of their country allocations, through catalytic investments called “matching funds”. Aidspan has collected allocation letters from 25 countries to create greater transparency around these catalytic investment priorities.


The Board had been scheduled to approve proposed targets for the latest key performance indicators at its meeting in November 2016, but the decision was postponed because of concerns raised by Board members. Consultations are underway now on a revised set of targets, due to be presented to the Board in March. This article reports on concerns that have been raised about the process.


The Board discussed its business model at its meeting in November in Montreux, Switzerland. No formal decisions were taken. However, judging by the paper presented to the Board, no major changes to the business model are envisaged. Rather, improvements will be made to the current model. In this article, we discuss the contents of the Board paper and we include feedback that Aidspan received from four constituencies. 


On the eve of Inauguration, some of the key statements and actions of United States President-elect Donald Trump are reviewed for relevance and potential impact on US investments in global health, including campaign comments, cabinet nominations, and the HIV track record of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.


This article considers two recent initiatives to boost the global response to the epidemic of tuberculosis – currently the leading infectious killer in the world. The first is $125 million in catalytic investments from the Global Fund to spur TB case finding. The second is a planned high-level meeting on TB at the 2018 United Nations General Assembly.


The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), in its Multilateral Development Review 2016, provides an extensive evaluation of its development efforts, including the support it provides to the Global Fund. In the report, credit and recognition of the Fund’s work in fighting the three diseases is given.


With reduced funding for malaria, affected countries need to come up with new approaches in order to sustain the gains made in the fight against the disease.  Countries must increase domestic funding in order to fill the gaps. 


The differentiated application approach for the 2017-2019 grant cycle means that there will be three different application types: program continuation, tailored applications and full applications. Aidspan has collected allocation letters from 25 countries which indicate that among the 65 disease components, 24 will require a full application, 21 will take a tailored approach and 20 will request program continuation.


This article provides information about the Transition Preparedness Assessment (TPA) Framework tool, which assesses the readiness of various countries to carry out the transition of their HIV, TB and malaria programs from the Global Fund’s support to domestic funding. “The road to sustainability: transition preparedness assessment framework” has been developed by Curatio International Foundation and already rolled out in 11 countries from 4 different regions. The report revealed some analogous findings for the various countries studied; thus other countries can learn early on these lessons on how to ensure sustainability of their programs.

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Launched by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the I Speak Out Now! campaign is designed to encourage staff and grant implementers to denounce fraud, abuse and human rights violations in the programs it finances. This article outlines the campaign and the multimedia-online effort the Fund is engaging in to promote its visibility and effectiveness.

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In its investigation into the Mutambara Foundation and its operations in Zimbabwe, the OIG found that both the foundation and its Director submitted work under contracts that was plagiarized. This article outlines the findings of the OIG investigation report into the matter.

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In its latest Malawi audit, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), assessed the mechanisms in place to ensure quality of services, the supply chain systems that deliver quality medicines and health products, plus the implementation arrangements that ensure the absorption of grant funds.