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Global Fund Observer


Issue 278: 13 January 2016

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1. NEWS: Aidspan releases new strategic plan for 2016-2018

Aidspan’s new strategic plan for 2016-2018 is the product of a bold reform plan for Aidspan to adapt, reshape and re-focus to effectively respond to changes in its operating environment.


2. COMMENTARY: Let’s shift our thinking: Tailoring Global Fund support to country needs

Global Fund support needs to be tailored to individual country contexts, in terms of both what is funded and how grants are managed, says Reinhard Tittel-Gronefeld. This will require flexible approaches and some changes in the way the Fund operates. 


3. NEWS: E-marketplace (Phase 1) to be launched this quarter

The e-marketplace is an online procurement platform where buyers will be able to view and procure a broad range of products to be used in health programs. Between 10 and 20 countries are expected to participate in 2016.


4. PROFILE: Implementer Group provides a forum where issues of concern to implementers are discussed

The Implementer Group, made up of representatives from the implementing constituencies of the Global Fund Board, meets before each Board meeting and holds an annual retreat.


5. NEWS: Attachments to the concept notes are now being posted on the Global Fund’s website

The Global Fund has delivered on its undertaking to make attachments to the concept notes public. However, as with the notes, the attachments are released only after the grants related to the notes are approved, a process that usually takes several months. Aidspan called it a step in the right direction, but said that further steps are required.


6. NEWS: Latest wave of funding approvals: $433 million for 20 grants from 12 countries

Twenty grants from 12 countries were awarded $433 million in funding in late December as the Global Fund Board approved the recommendations of its Grant Approvals Committee. The Board also approved $30 million for a regional grant in Southern Africa. 


7. NEWS: The TERG recommends measures to enhance health systems strengthening

In a position paper on health systems strengthening, the Technical Evaluation Reference Group has advanced a number of recommendations to enhance the impact of the Global Fund’s HSS investments. The Secretariat has been asked to prepare a workplan with timelines for implementing the recommendations.


This is issue 278 of the GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO) Newsletter. Please send all suggestions for news items, commentaries or any other feedback to David Garmaise, GFO Editor ( To subscribe to GFO, go to

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