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Issue 283: 23 March 2016

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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

1. NEWS: EC’s pledge of € 470 million represents a strong start to The Global Fund’s replenishment campaign

The European Commission’s € 470 million pledge for The Global Fund’s replenishment was 27% higher than what it pledged for 2014-2016. Meanwhile, advocates met in Amsterdam to strategize for a strong replenishment. 

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2. NEWS and ANALYSIS: Activists respond quickly to decision by Sweden to cut its 2016 contribution to The Global Fund

Activists were quick to react to Sweden’s decision to cut its 2016 contribution by 35%. They are hopeful that their strong response will have a positive impact on Sweden’s pledge for the 2017-2019 replenishment. The government cited the refugee crisis as the reason for the cut. 

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3. COMMENTARY: Make CCM performance appraisals and improvement plans public

Country coordinating mechanisms are public bodies accountable to their stakeholders. As such, David Garmaise says, The Global Fund should be making CCM performance appraisals and improvement plans public.

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4. NEWS: A community-led initiative in a Burkina Faso TB grant produces results

In a Global Fund grant in Burkina Faso, a community-led initiative has resulted in significant improvements in the testing and detection of TB cases in rural areas. However, because the work is volunteer-based, the long-term sustainability of the program is not assured.

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5. NEWS: Only a small number of country concept notes remain to be processed

Of the 251 funding requests that are expected from countries under the new funding model, 88% are either in grant-making or have already resulted in Board-approved grants. These requests represent 93% of the $14.7 billion in the funding available for countries.

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6. NEWS: Kyrgyzstan CCM will likely be integrated into the government’s coordination council for public health

Plans are being developed to integrate the Kyrgyzstan CCM into the government body that oversees public health on the grounds that the functions of these two bodies overlap significantly. Civil society and community representatives are concerned that that decision-making powers of the CCM may be diminished as a result. They have also expressed concerns about the process.

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7. NEWS: OIG says that the Secretariat’s operational and financial controls are generally effective

The Office of the Inspector has awarded the Secretariat generally high marks with respect to compliance with key internal policies, particularly operational and financial controls. There are some weaknesses, however, in post-disbursement controls and in procurement. The OIG also said that there were significant weaknesses in procurement controls at the level of principal recipients.

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This is issue 283 of the GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO) Newsletter. Please send all suggestions for news items, commentaries or any other feedback to David Garmaise, GFO Editor (david.garmaise@aidspan.org). To subscribe to GFO, go to www.aidspan.org.

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