Global Fund Board
During the past month, the Global Fund Secretariat has presented 26 grants to the board for consideration for Phase 2 renewal. For each of these grants, the Fund has provided the board with the results of an extensive and candid review of the grant's performance thus far.
Italy's apparent decision to cancel its 2004 pledge is extremely worrying, and will have a doubly negative impact on the Global Fund.
Aidspan, publisher of Global Fund Observer, today released its 73-page "Aidspan Guide to Building and Running an Effective Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)." The Guide is available for download at no charge from www.aidspan.org/guides.
This month marks the second anniversary of the launch of GFO. In this issue, we list the contents of all GFO issues thus far. An up-to-date version of this list can always be accessed via www.aidspan.org/gfo.
This issue of GFO is devoted entirely to decisions made at the Global Fund board meeting that took place in Arusha, Tanzania on November 18-19. The Fund holds three board meetings per year. This was the ninth such meeting. GFO was present, with observer status.
- Partnership Forum report
A report was presented to the board by the chair of the committee that planned the Fund's first biennial Partnership Forum, attended by 400 participants in Bangkok in July.
At its June meeting, the board, led by developing-country government members, had rejected proposals by its Governance and Partnership committee that CCMs be "required" (as against merely recommended) to implement certain measures. That decision was strongly objected to at the Fund's Partnership Forum in July.
The board agreed at an earlier meeting that in 2005 it will hold a two-part Replenishment Conference at which many donors and potential donors will meet to discuss Global Fund needs and the amounts they are prepared to pledge for 2006 and 2007 (and, with luck, for 2005).