Volume 2 includes guidance on filling out the proposal forms
The Global Fund's Technical Review Panel (TRP) has recommended that the Global Fund Board approve 89 Round 10 grants that, over their first two years, will cost $1.76 billion. This makes Round 10 the third largest round ever of Global Fund grants (after Rounds 8 and 9).
It appears likely that the demand for funding in Round 10 will be about the same as it was in Round 9. The Global Fund has released preliminary figures indicating that the total two-year cost for all Round 10 applications amounts to $4.36 billion.
The Global Fund is underperforming when it comes to support for HIV-related harm reduction programmes. The Fund urgently needs to increase the amount that is spends on harm reduction, and encourage applicants to build harm reduction into their proposals.
Aidspan has released a seven-page question and answer sheet (Q&A) on "Grant Consolidation and the Single Stream of Funding." The purpose of the Q&A is to provide a basic understanding of the concepts of grant consolidation and the single stream of funding, and of how Global Fund applicants and implementers will be affected.
This articles summarises someof what's new for Round 10, as an aide to people preparing proposals.
New prioritisation criteria
The call to submit proposals, as currently formulated - withvery specific guidance on how proposals should be presented and the issues theyshould focus on - is complex; and is also inconsistent with the Global Fundprinciple of supporting recipient-driven programmes. This indicates a need fora simpler application process, with the emphasis on country-driven proposals.
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.)
Friends Africa is offeringtechnical assistance for the development of Round 10 proposals, through itsTechnical Assistance Hub. Friends Africa is a pan-African organization whichmobilises support for the Global Fund.