Global Fund Board
by Bernard Rivers
In 2011, the Global Fund faced a crisis of confidence triggered by some negative media articles. In line with the old adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste, the Fund’s Board sought to address a number of weaknesses, some of which had never been previously discussed.
Representatives from African implementing countries took a step closer in March towards the inauguration of a regional bureau that will help coordinate and harmonize communications on the continent in order to be better positioned to influence decision-making by the Global Fund Board.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP09
The Global Fund Board has approved a framework and roadmap for transition between the rounds-based approach and the new funding model (NFM), aiming to align timelines for grant funding with replenishment of the Global Fund’s coffers.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP06 and GF/B31/DP07
The Global Fund Board on 6 March approved some $300 million in funding to be set aside for special initiatives and regional programs for 2014-2016, in excess of the $10.22 billion that will be allocated to countries during the same period.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP12
The Global Fund has approved a new policy covering all grant extensions, replacing a patchwork of 10 different policies created by past Board decisions.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP04
The Global Fund Board approved operating expenses for the Secretariat in the amount of $298.8 million in 2014, including $20.5 million for the Office of the Inspector General. The Board also approved a decision point requesting monitoring by the Secretariat of foreign exchange fluctuations.
DECISION POINTS: GF/B31/DP08 and GF/B31/DP10
The Global Fund has approved $14.82 billion in indicative funding for grant-eligible countries assigned to each of the four bands for the next funding cycle, as well as the allocations for each band.
Composition of the bands
The four bands are depicted below:
The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced its approval of funding of up to $53.3 million for three interim applicants in the transition phase of the new funding model (NFM) on 23 December.
In approving the funding, the Board was acting on recommendations from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Secretariat, including the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC).
On 7–8 November 2013, the Global Fund Board held its 30th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status. The main decisions made at the meeting, in chronological order, were as follows. (For precise wording of what the Board agreed, see the decision points document that has been posted here.
Following extensive consultations with Board committees and donor and implementer constituencies, the Global Board has approved a revised Corporate KPI Framework. The framework is designed to present indicators to measure the goals, targets and objectives of the Global Fund’s Strategy for 2012–2016.