CCM

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Global Fund Board adopts a CCM Policy and a new CCM Code of Conduct

12 May 2018
The CCM Policy replaces the current CCM Guidelines

The Global Fund Board has approved a new CCM Policy, which replaces the Guidelines and Requirements for Country Coordinating Mechanisms (hereinafter, CCM Guidelines). The Board delegated authority to the Strategy Committee to approve amendments to the CCM Policy.

5.

Global Fund Board approves CCM Evolution initiative at an intermediate level of ambition but with a phased-in approach

12 May 2018
Budget of $3.85 million approved for 2018–2019

The Global Fund Board has approved implementation of a CCM Evolution initiative at an intermediate level of ambition. However, the Board has opted for a phased-in approach. It approved $3.85 million to cover costs in the balance of this year and in 2019. During the phase-in, 16 CCMs will be targeted.

2.

Follow-up audit of Global Fund grants to Nigeria shows significant improvements, OIG says

6 Mar 2018
But problems remain; and some mitigation measures need more time to become effective
9.

Capacity issues and delays in implementation plague otherwise successful Global Fund grants to Zambia, OIG says

9 Jan 2018
Health systems struggle to cope with rapid increases in volume caused by scale-up
4.

Until the Global Fund defines its risk appetite, it can’t know what level of assurance is required: OIG audit

9 Jan 2018
Assurance activities are insufficiently aligned to highest risk areas
Programmatic and health product risks have supplanted financial risk in the rankings

“The work on defining risk appetite is in its early stage and until [it is] sufficiently advanced, there is limited guidance on the required level of assurance.” This is one of main conclusions of an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of in-country assurance.

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Extensions to the Global Fund’s existing HIV and TB grants to Nigeria will be funded from the 2017–2019 allocations

9 Jan 2018
GAC reports “widespread frustration” about the slow pace of impact of the TB grants

As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the Board has approved 18-month costed extensions for two HIV and two TB grants to Nigeria.

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Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP

7 Nov 2017
However, the country’s matching funds request was sent back for iteration

The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.

4.

The Global Fund is supporting stakeholders in Montenegro to develop a social contracting mechanism

6 Nov 2017
New HIV Law paves the way for additional funding to be allocated to NGOs
9.

Global Fund expresses concern over Benin’s plan to shift funds away from HIV and malaria towards an RSSH funding request

23 Oct 2017
Secretariat decides to leave program split decision open until the RSSH proposal is received
Size of salary incentives linked to grant performance ratings

When it reviewed the funding requests from Benin, the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) expressed serious concerns about what they perceived as gaps in Benin’s HIV and malaria programs – which, they said, were partly due to the decision of the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) to shift some of its allocation towards an RSSH funding request.

The original allocation for Benin was as follows:

1.

Transition readiness assessment finds HIV CSOs are unlikely to survive Global Fund exit from Panama

3 Oct 2017
Nevertheless, the report calls for measures to strengthen CSOs
Panama will submit a joint TB/HIV funding request tailored to transition in February 2018

“It is unlikely that Panama’s HIV-related civil society can effectively survive the exit of the Global Fund or gain a greater foothold as a full partner in [the] planning, implementation and monitoring of the national HIV response.” This is a key finding of the transition readiness assessment (TRA) report commissioned by the Panama country coordinating mechanism (CCM).

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