Global Fund Board
A draft of the official report from July's Global Fund Partnership Forum is now available at the Fund's web site (www.theglobalfund.org/en/about/forum/default.asp). The Partnership Forum is mandated by the Global Fund's bylaws, but it has no legal decision-making role.
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation yesterday announced a new pledge of $50 million for the Fund. This marks the third consecutive year in which Gates has given $50 million to the Fund. Although private foundations have a Global Fund board seat, no other foundation has ever given to the Fund, except for pro bono services and some very minor donations of a few thousand dollars.
As part of its increasing emphasis on transparency, the Fund has released a study of the effectiveness of the 25 grants that have been in operation for more than one year. (An additional 135 grants have been operating for less than a year, and 140 grants have been approved but have not yet commenced operations.)
The Global Fund's first Partnership Forum, held in Bangkok on July 7 and 8, attracted some 400 participants from all parts of the world. Many attendees had their expenses covered by the Fund.
- "Communities" vote
The board agreed to set up a new committee, chaired by the Board Vice Chair, to make policy recommendations regarding the provision of technical assistance and capacity development for and through Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Principal Recipients, and Sub-Recipients.
After lengthy discussion, the board failed to agree on any procedures whereby the Fund will accept in-kind donations.
The board discussed a collection of proposed "requirements" and "recommendations" regarding CCM composition and working methods. These proposals had been developed in the course of extensive discussions by the board's Governance and Partnership Committee (GPC), whose members include five developing country governments, four developed country governments, and four civil society members.
Key decisions made by the Global Fund board at the meeting that ended today were as follows.