French- and Spanish-Language Versions of <i>"The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start"</i> are Released
“The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start (First Edition – Revised)" is now available in French and Spanish at www.aidspan.org/guides. The English version of the guide was posted earlier in January.
Four Excerpts from <i>“The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start”</i>
Following are four sample excerpts from the revised version of “The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start,” whose publication was announced in GFO #83 (available at www.aidspan.org/gfo) and whose update was announced above. The guide itself is accessible at www.aidspan.org/guides.
Revised <i>"Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund – Volume 1: Getting a Head Start" </i>is Released
Aidspan has released a revised version of Volume 1 of “The Aidspan Guide to Round 8 Applications to the Global Fund." It is accessible at no charge at www.aidspan.org/guides, where various other Aidspan Guides are also available.
The Global Fund is scheduled to issue its Call for Proposals for Round 8 on 1 March 2008. From that date, applicants will have 120 days to prepare and submit their proposals. This may sound like a fair amount of time but, in our experience, most applicants in recent rounds of funding have had to rush to get their proposals completed on time, and some have failed to get their proposals approved because of that rush.
As it does for each round of funding, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) has identified a number of issues with respect to the Round 7 applications and review process, and has made several recommendations to the Global Fund (and others) that could lead to changes in future rounds.
The Global Fund Board yesterday concluded a two-day meeting in Kunming, China. This was the first board meeting chaired by Rajat Gupta, former CEO of McKinsey & Co., and the first attended by Michel Kazatchkine since he settled in as the new Executive Director.
Based on advise from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the Board divided eligible Round 7 proposals into five Categories, as follows:
Today, during the first day of its sixteenth board meeting held in Kunming, China, the Global Fund board approved 73 Round 7 grants that will cost $1,119 million over the first two years and $2,762 m. over five years. (For a complete list of approved and non-approved proposals, see below.) As a result of recent new pledges, the Fund has sufficient money to pay for all grants that were recommended by the Technical Review Panel.
The pledges made to the Fund for 2008-10 at last week's Replenishment Meeting in Berlin, as reported above, were impressively large. Global Fund staff said that over the last few weeks, their private estimates of how much would be pledged steadily climbed from $7 billion to $8 billion to $9 billion. The final number was nearly $10 billion.
Round 7 applicants to the Global Fund submitted fewer, but bigger and better, proposals than applicants in all previous rounds.