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Issue 308: 05 April 2017

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1. NEWS: Zimbabwe submits $630 million TB/HIV funding request

Zimbabwe is among the countries submitting a funding request to the Global Fund in the first window of applications for the 2017-2019 funding cycle. On 20 March 2017, the country requested some $630 million for HIV, TB and cross-cutting systems strengthening. The funding request centers on enhancing integration, focusing on locations and populations at heightened risk, and improving quality of care.


2. NEWS: Global Fund gets top marks in performance assessment

An assessment conducted by the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network, a group of 18 donor countries, concluded that the Global Fund provides strong leadership and “fully meets the requirements of an effective multilateral organization.” The assessment also identified areas requiring improvements.


3. NEWS: Latin America: Strategy developed to support civil society to transition to sustainability

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Regional Center for Technical Assistance has produced a strategy to support civil society organizations and community groups to plan for sustainability of their outreach strategies to control HIV, TB and malaria.


4. NEWS: Board approves new targets for the 2017-2022 Strategic KPI Framework

The Board has approved the vast majority of the KPI targets it asked to be reviewed at the last Board meeting, after months of deliberations among various groups within the Global Fund. Of the original 37 targets, 29 have been approved, five have been revised, and the approval of three has been delayed.


5. NEWS: Global Fund untouched by Trump’s proposed budget cuts

President Trump has sent Congress a budget blueprint that calls for severe cuts to health, foreign assistance and the State Department, but that spares the Global Fund, PEPFAR, Gavi and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. The blueprint is a statement of the Trump administration’s priorities. The final budget adopted by Congress is expected to look quite different.


6. NEWS: Key population networks call for strengthening engagement in grant-making and implementation

A new study published by the Community Leadership and Action Collaborative has identified lapses in the engagement of civil society organizations and key populations in processes related to the funding model.


7. ANALYSIS: Is the Russian Federation willing and able to manage its HIV epidemic?

The Ministry of Finance’s recent rejection of a $1.2 billion funding request from the Ministry of Health to implement the National AIDS Strategy raises questions about the ability and willingness of the Russian Federation to manage its HIV epidemic. Neither the government nor civil society organizations have taken up the services previously supported by the Global Fund.


8. NEWS: GNP+ describes “the qualities we will look for” in the next E.D.

In a commentary, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) has described three qualities that the next executive director of the Global Fund should exemplify. 


9. NEWS: Civil society survey finds three-quarters of respondents have accessed Global Fund technical assistance

A recent survey of civil society and community groups in Africa found that three-quarters of respondents have accessed some form of Global Fund technical assistance in the past. The most common TA provider was the UNAIDS Technical Support Facility, followed by the short-term TA through the Global Fund's Community, Rights and Gender Special Initiative. One fifth of respondents reported never having accessed any Global Fund TA. 


10. NEWS: The Global Fund Board approved grants covering 100% of the funding allocated for 2014-2016

The Global Fund Board approved grants for 100% of the allocated funding by the end of the 2014-2016 allocation period. This article provides some end-of-the-funding cycle information on incentive funding, above allocation requests, grant efficiencies, domestic funding and the review of concept notes. It also provides information on the results of surveys conducted among members of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and participants in country dialogues. 


11. NEWS: Sales of Apple’s new red iPhone 7 will benefit the Global Fund

Apple Inc. has launched a special edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a vibrant red aluminum finish. Sales of these phones will benefit the Global Fund as part of the (RED) campaign.


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