[In Issue 2 of the GFO Newsletter (www.aidspan.org/gfo/archives/newsletter/issue2.htm), GFO reported that the Ugandan Ministry of Finance had ruled that an approved $52 million Global Fund grant from Round 1 will not be allowed to lead to an increase in Uganda's health expenditure.
Much the most popular feature at the Aidspan web site is the new section that lets you "drill down" from country totals to see hundreds of background documents related to all Round 2 grants - including the Executive Summary of every approved and rejected proposal. (See www.aidspan.org/globalfund/grants.)
This table shows the same data, but in decreasing order of the amount approved for Years 1-2.
The Global Fund today issued a press release as follows:
Grants committing up to US$ 866 million over two years were awarded today by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help 60 countries rapidly scale up programs to stop these diseases. Much of the money will go to NGOs and the private sector, complementing the efforts of governments.
The Global Fund Board today approved Round 2 grants as follows. Some countries received more than one grant. Most grants were in response to proposals from CCMs, but a few were in response to proposals from Sub-CCMs or from NGOs. This table shows the country totals, in alphabetical order.
- Issue 5 of the GFO Newsletter will be sent out this weekend, February 1-2. It will report on who gets chosen as the Fund's Chair and Vice Chair.
- Issue 5 will also contain a complete breakdown of which proposals submitted in Round 2 are approved by the Board on Friday. It is anticipated that the grants approved will be worth some $860 million over the first two years.
The quality of proposals in Round 2 is considerably greater than in Round 1, primarily because applicants had more time to prepare them, said Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Chair of the Technical Review Panel (TRP). "This time, there were far fewer proposals that we had to assign to Category 4, the lowest category.
[GFO plans to have a "Funding the Fund" item in every issue of the Newsletter, reporting on the Fund's latest progress in raising the money needed to pay for its grants.]
No resolution has yet been reached regarding the Global Fund's disputed grant to KwaZulu Natal (KZN), one of South Africa's nine provinces. The grant, for $72 million over 5 years, was approved in Round One, eight months ago.