Global Fund Board
The Global Fund is developing a comprehensive performanceassessment framework designed to enhance its ability to identify CCMs that needassistance. As well, fund portfolio managers (FPMs) have been instructed to activelyparticipate in CCM meetings and to liaise more regularly with CCM members.
The current grant applicationsprocess constrains the Board's ability to set policy and strategy, and to makefunding decisions that meet Global Fund objectives. This is one of the observationsin an audit report issued by the Office of the Inspector General, "TheOIG Review of the Global Fund Grant Application Process." (This is thethird of three articles in this GFO issue on the OIG report.)
A Global Fund Board committee has concluded that reports from the Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveal a clear lack of focus by certain PRs on building the long-term capacity of national systems. The committee said that this is something that needs to be more fully addressed through the Global Fund's policies and grant oversight.
The Global Fund Board's delegation of Communities Living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria is looking for people willing to be part of the delegation for a three-year period, from 2011 through 2013.
In April 2010, the Global Fund Board approved six proposals in Wave 8 of the Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC) funding stream, representing costs of up to $151 million over three years. Of the six proposals, four were for HIV and two were for malaria. All approvals are conditional on the applicant responding satisfactorily to clarifications requested by the Technical Review Panel (TRP).
The Global Fund spends a very large amount of money to save a very large number of lives. The work that is done to save those lives is planned by CCMs, implemented by principal recipients and sub-recipients, and financed by the Fund.
As mentioned in Article 2, the Global Fund and the Global AIDS Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) will develop a joint proposal form for cross-cutting health systems strengthening (HSS) activities in time for use in Round 11.
As mentioned in Article 2, the Global Fund has modified the criteria that are used by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) to review proposals. The changes come into effect immediately, and thus will impact the review of Round 10 proposals.
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.