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Sixteen Eastern European and Central Asian countries (EECA) will submit a total of 25 concept notes to the Global Fund under the new funding model, to tap their share of the $659 million allocated to the region. Below is a wrap of the region's progress in submitting grant proposals.
Cambodia's country coordinating mechanism is eager to move beyond past financial scandals as it prepares to sign agreements launching new grants in malaria, HIV and health system strengthening. It faces some challenges in the convergence of many changes, both to strengthen oversight and in the built-in safeguards of the NFM.
Swaziland could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve elimination of malaria should it fully and effectively implement its national strategic plan.
In providing, online, a subset of good quality indicators for all components and requiring countries to divulge sub-recipient-level and other implementer-level data, the Global Fund would legitimize efforts to assess and evaluate the value for money of the programs it supports. It would also empower watchdogs and other stakeholders as guardians against inefficiency, fraud and corruption. In doing so, the Fund would be able to ensure that every dollar it invests is yielding the best possible result.
A new management dashboard will provide principal recipients with an overview of grants’ progress towards meeting performance targets. While others are nervous about the greater transparency created by publicly shared dashboard data, others find that this transparency encourages healthy competition by encouraging poorly performing SRs to emulate better performers.
Following the overhaul of the Global Fund's risk management policy to improve mitigation of financial, operational and programmatic risk at the corporate level, Aidspan has developed a paper aiming to provide insight into the new policies.