The incentive funding stream should be eliminated and the money reallocated to countries that need it the most to save lives. This was a central recommendation of the Technical Review Panel Report on Windows 1 and 2 of the new funding model. The first two windows were in May and June of 2014.
The list of countries eligible to apply for Global Fund support for up to four components -- HIV, TB, malaria and health system strengthening -- was released in February, timed to coincide with the imminent roll-out of the new funding model (NFM) allocating greater resources to those countries with high disease burdens and modest financial resources.
El Salvador has announced the selection of six sub-recipients (SR) for its $23.1 million HIV grant, marking another step forward on its path towards completing the Global Fund’s processes under the new funding model (NFM).
Read about the Global Fund’s decision in December 2013 to approve funding for some interim applicants and to renew funding for some grants:
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).
The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved continued funding of up to $253.8 million for 13 applicants in a decision announced on 23 December.
The Global Fund is expecting a rush of applications in 2014 for the full roll-out of the new funding model. In his report for the Board meeting held on 7–8 November, Executive Director Mark Dybul said that in 2014 the Secretariat expects to sign grants for about half of the disease components for the entire 2014–2016 allocation period.
Civil society was involved extensively in the development of the concept note that El Salvador submitted to the Global Fund. This is one of the findings from interviews that GFO conducted with five people involved in the process, and from a review of related documents.
The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) has released a guide on applications under the new funding model (NFM). The guide targets civil society and focuses primarily on standard applicants (i.e. applicants that are not involved in the transition phase but that may apply when the NFM is fully rolled out, likely at the beginning of 2014).
The Global Fund is advising all countries not participating in the transition to the new funding model (NFM) – referred to as “standard applicants” – to begin preparing now for a funding request in early 2014 (assuming that this timeframe fits their national cycles).