Volume 1 of <i>"TheAidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund"</i> Is NowAvailable
Aidspan has released the first volume of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund." Volume 1, "Getting a Head Start," is designed to assist applicants with the process of preparing proposals for Round 10, particularly in the period of time before the Global Fund officially launches Round 10.
The Global Fund Secretariat has released its first CCM Newsletter. The 4-pages newsletter features several articles on the CCM's role in grant oversight. It also contains a small article on the Global Fund's CCM funding policy.
Report Reveals that Seven CCM Applications Were Declared Ineligible During Round 9 Proposal Screening
Last year, seven applications from CCMs were deemed to be ineligible for consideration by the Technical Review Panel (TRP) as a result of the Round 9 screening process. This is in sharp contrast to Round 8, when no CCM applications were screened out. In each of Rounds 6 and 7, only three CCM applications were found to be ineligible.
The Global Fund has introduced the "dashboard," an information tool designed to support country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) as they carry out their grant oversight functions.
The Global Fund recently released a wide-ranging Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on how to implement decisions made by the Global Fund Board in November 2009 concerning cost-cutting measures and the new grant architecture. The document is entitled "Grant Signing Frequently Asked Questions," though in fact it covers many issues beyond those related to grant signing.
Earlier this year, the India CCM organised elections to fill the eight seats on the CCM allocated to civil society organisations (CSOs). This marked the first time that CSO representatives were elected to the India CCM. Some CSOs expressed concerns about some parts of the process.
This article describes the elections process and the outcome.
The Global Fund has established a new "expanded funding" window for CCMs. The new window allows a CCM to apply for more than $50,000 a year in funding providing it submits a two-year workplan with measurable targets. (All references in this article to CCMs apply also to Sub-CCMs and Regional Coordinating Mechanisms.)
The role of the CCM in overseeing the implementation of grants is not well understood by most CCMs. As a result, CCM oversight is not working in most countries.
The Global Fund recently released a “Guidance Paper on CCM Oversight.” The 9-page, undated paper is available in six languages at www.theglobalfund.org/en/apply/mechanisms/guidelines. The paper refers to oversight by CCMs, not oversight of CCMs.
The forty case studies commissioned by the Global Fund (see previous article) are very useful because they highlight what is and is not working well in a select group of CCMs. The best practices described in "A Report on the Country Coordinating Mechanism Model" should inspire CCMs that are looking to improve their performance.