18 Nov 2015

On 16-17 November 2015, the Global Fund Board held its 34th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status. The main decisions made at the meeting, in chronological order, were as follows. (For precise wording of what the Board agreed, see the decision points document that is available at www.theglobalfund.org/en/board/meetings/34. Background documentation will also, in time, be posted by the Global Fund at the same location.)

Strategic Review 2015. The Board “acknowledged the results and recommendations” of the Strategic Review 2015 commissioned by the Technical Evaluation Reference Group; asked the Secretariat to provide the Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee with its response to the TERG’s recommendations; and asked the Secretariat to consider the recommendations as it prepares the final 2017-2022 Strategy narrative. [See Decision Point 3.] Further details are provided in a separate article in this issue.

Strategic Framework. The Board approved the framework for the 2017-2022 Strategy. The Board will approve the Strategy itself at its first meeting in 2016. [See Decision Point 4.] Further details are provided in a separate article in this issue.

2016 Operating Expenses and Corporate Workplan. The Board approved a 2016 operating expenses budget of $305 million for the Secretariat and the Office of the Inspector General. The Board also approved a 2016 corporate work plan and budget narrative covering the Secretariat. [See Decision Point 5.] Further details are provided in a separate article in this issue.

Replenishment. As an expression of its strong commitment to the 2017-2019 replenishment, the Board decided that it will explore options to enhance its active engagement in contributing towards a successful outcome, including the broadening of the donor base. In addition, the Board decided that it will seek the support of one or more high-level individuals who will advocate on its behalf for a successful replenishment. [See Decision Point 6.]

Enhanced Governance Structure. The Board approved in principle changes to its committee structure. If the changes are confirmed, they will take effect at the end of first Board meeting in 2016. [See Decision Point 7.] Further details are provided in a separate article in this issue.

Market Shaping Strategy. The Board approved a new market-shaping strategy which replaces the strategy adopted in 2011. The strategy includes a section on preparing for when countries transition away from Fund support. The strategy states that the Global Fund supports efforts to address barriers and practices that prevent access to affordable medicines. Six new full-time-equivalent positions will be included in the operating budget to manage the strategy. [See Decision Point 9.]

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