As mentioned in Article 1, revised prioritisation criteria adopted by the Global Fund Board for Round 10 mean that technical merit will have considerably less weight than it had under the criteria used in previous rounds of funding.
On 28-30 April 2010, the Global Fund Board held its 21st board meeting in Geneva. GFO was present, with observer status.
Round 10 will be launched on May 20; applicants will then have three months, instead of the usual four, to prepare their applications. The Board will decide which proposals to approve at its meeting on 13-15 December 2010.
This decision was made at the Global Fund Board meeting that took place in Geneva on April 28-30. The main features of the decision are as follows:
Volume 1 of <i>"TheAidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund"</i> Is NowAvailable
Aidspan has released the first volume of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund." Volume 1, "Getting a Head Start," is designed to assist applicants with the process of preparing proposals for Round 10, particularly in the period of time before the Global Fund officially launches Round 10.
As of 31 March 2008, a recently completed Round 1 Global Fund grant in Ukraine had provided prevention services to 214,103 people who inject drugs. By the end of September 2008, 6,070 people, including 911 children, had received antiretroviral therapy (ART). And, in 2008, 80% of pregnant women living with HIV had received treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission, up from 35% in 2003.
The Global Fund is expected to issue a call for proposals for its tenth round of funding shortly. The exact date of the launch will be decided at the next Board meeting, scheduled for 28-30 April 2010.
Report Reveals that Seven CCM Applications Were Declared Ineligible During Round 9 Proposal Screening
Last year, seven applications from CCMs were deemed to be ineligible for consideration by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) as a result of the Round 9 screening process. This is in sharp contrast to Round 8, when no CCM applications were screened out. In each of Rounds 6 and 7, only three CCM applications were found to be ineligible.
The Global Fund Board has approved funding for 31 Round 9 proposals that had been recommended by the Technical Review Panel (TRP), but for which funding was not formally approved at the Board's in-person meeting in November 2009.
The Global Fund Board has approved two of the nine Round 9 proposals whose original rejection had been appealed by the applicants. The newly approved proposals are an HIV proposal from Pakistan that will cost $11.9 million and a TB proposal from Ukraine that will cost $34.6 million (costs are for the first two years). The approvals are subject to a number of requests for clarification being successfully responded to in a timely manner.
The success of programmes financed by Round 5 Global Fund grants to Zimbabwe is threatened by a lack of comprehensive financial policies and procedures, and a lack of effective management on the part of the country's principal recipients (PRs). This is one of the conclusions of a country audit conducted in 2008 by the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the results of which were made public in March 2009.