The Global Fund is participating in an initiative to leverage private sector funding to speed up delivery of, and expand access to, health products such as contraceptives, bed nets and medicines. The initiative is called the “Pledge Guarantee for Health.”
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The current conflict in Syria has severely affected implementation of Global Fund grants in that country. Adjustments have been made and one grant has been reprogrammed to achieve the desired results, according to Fabien Lefrancois, a spokesman for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the principal recipient (PR) for the grants.
The Foreign Ministry of France is undertaking an evaluation of the French “contribution” to the Global Fund. France wants to assess the extent to which Global Fund grants promote France’s development objectives and priorities. The evaluation will also assess the challenges faced by the Global Fund in introducing its new funding model.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released five new reports – three on audits in Bangladesh, Djibouti and Ghana, and two on investigations in Djibouti and South Africa. All five reports are dated 29 October 2012.
Editor’s Note: This explanation of the broad elements of the new funding model is based on the decision point adopted by the Board. Not everything in the decision point is clear, so this explanation includes some interpretation by Aidspan. Readers are advised to check with the Global Fund Secretariat if they have questions.
The Global Fund Board has begun the process of selecting its next Chair and Vice-Chair. The terms of the current Chair (Simon Bland) and Vice-Chair (Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng) will come to end following the May 2013 Board meeting.
As it has done for past rounds of funding, the Global Fund Secretariat assessed all proposals submitted under the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) to ensure they met the minimum requirements for coordinating mechanisms and non-CCM proposals. There were 61 proposals from 48 applicants. All 61 proposals were deemed to be eligible; none were screened out.
Many of the world’s largest economies are not fulfilling their financial pledges to the Global Fund, according to Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s health minister.
The Developing Countries NGO Delegation on the Global Fund Board has released a report on challenges in grant implementation. The report is based on input collected in March 2012 from implementers in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The report identified 14 challenges, including the following:
The Global Fund is continuing to experience solid growth in terms of services provided and the numbers of people reached through programmes supported by the Fund, even as reduced estimates of available resources are forcing the Fund to tighten its belt.