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New Aidspan paper explores the role of the local fund agent (LFA)

11 Jun 2014
Evolving responsibilities include risk management, accountability and effective oversight of grant implementation at country level

Aidspan on 11 June released a new paper on the evolving role of the local fund agent (LFA) in the Global Fund's ecology, specifically in relation to in-country oversight of grant implementation.

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Ukraine needs to find innovative ways to increase impact: Global Fund

7 Apr 2014
Fund calls for cuts in non-essential services

The Global Fund expects Ukraine to do more with less.

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In South Sudan, debate on how to maintain HIV treatment adherence during times of war

19 Mar 2014
Global Fund supported programs trying to maintain support for 6,617 people on ART

More than 700,000 people have fled their homes since conflict erupted in mid-December in South Sudan, which has compromised their safety and security and made them more exposed to the risk of illness and other public health challenges. But for the estimated 6,617 people living with HIV who are taking anti-retroviral treatment supported by the Global Fund, being far away from their home clinic has become a matter of life or death.

2.

“Significantly over-allocated” countries see limits on their resources under new funding model’s allocations

19 Mar 2014
These countries will be limited to implementing existing grants through 2016

Countries considered by the Global Fund to be “significantly over-allocated” have seen dramatic reductions in their allocations under the new funding model (NFM), and will be limited to implementing existing grants until the end of 2016.

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The Global Fund and the fears of transparency

4 Mar 2014

In 2002, the new Global Fund was a world leader in aid transparency. It had committed to publish a volume and level of technical details on its grants that was unprecedented in international development.

2.

Global Fund expresses “deep concern” about new anti-gay law in Uganda

28 Feb 2014
Implications for public health ‘grave’ – increase in transmission likely

The Global Fund has expressed “deep concern” about a law signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that imposes jail terms of up to seven years for those who ‘aid or abet’ homosexual relations, which could implicate health workers providing services and counseling to people living with HIV.

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South Sudan’s malaria program sees challenges – and not just due to conflict

18 Feb 2014
Difficult coordination and a lack of flexibility are chief complaints of the new nation’s health officials

The town of Minkammen, on the banks of the White Nile, has been inundated with thousands of South Sudanese fleeing the conflict pitting rebel against government fighters upstream.

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LFA paper released

6 Feb 2014

With a budget of $65 million annually, the Local Fund Agents represent a significant and critical element in the Global Fund’s architecture and reflects about 20 percent of its total operating budget. Despite this, there has been little reflection or review of this piece of the model. One of the last reviews of the LFA system was commissioned by the Fund in 2006, and published online in 2007.

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Watchdogs or critical friends?

30 Jan 2014

I was in Nairobi recently to help Aidspan facilitate a meeting with the representatives of about 30 organizations from East and Southern Africa involved in the monitoring of global health programs.

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The good, the bad and the uncomfortable in country ownership

21 Jan 2014

by Kate Macintyre

A mere $28billion later and the Global Fund’s dedication to country ownership as a guiding principle is still intact, bolstered, reinforced, reinvented or reemphasized at almost every opportunity. 

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