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Issue 289: 08 June 2016

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1. ANALYSIS: More is known about the impact of the new allocation methodology

The new allocations methodology will lead to significant increases in funding for some regions and diseases, and significant decreases in others. This article explores the implications.


2. COMMENTARY: The Global Fund should align its catalytic investments with global targets for malaria elimination and eradication

Application of the disease burden/income level formula that is at the core of The Global Fund’s allocation methodology for 2017-2019 will disadvantage some countries that are on a trajectory to achieve malaria elimination. Rima Shretta and Erika Larson argue that qualitative adjustments and funds set aside for catalytic investments should be used to ensure that these countries receive an appropriate level of investment. The authors outline how this can be done.


3. ANALYSIS: Update on the second wave of regional concept notes

Following a review of expressions of interest for the second wave of regional concept notes, 15 applicants were invited to submit notes. The Technical Review Panel recommended that all 15 notes proceed to grant-making. This article summarizes the findings of an analysis of the process use for the second wave. The analysis was undertaken by ICASO and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. 

4. NEWS: Replenishment Round Up: New pledges from Japan and New Zealand

Japan announced a pledge of $800 million for the Fifth Replenishment, equal to what it pledged for the Fourth Replenishment. New Zealand has pledged for the first time since 2008-2010. This article provides a round-up of recent replenishment developments.


5. NEWS: Advocacy brief for UN High Level Meeting says The Global Fund and key populations are delivering results

An advocacy brief published by the Global Fund Advocates Network describes the vital role that key populations and vulnerable communities play in advancing results through Global Fund investments. The brief is targeting the people involved in the 2016 High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS on 8-10 June.


6. NEWS: Georgian NGO responds to large increase in HIV among MSM

Technical assistance from The Global Fund’s Community, Rights, and Gender initiative is being used to help LGBT Georgia respond to an alarming increase in HIV among men who have sex with men.


7. NEWS: Funding of $164 million approved for 13 grants in 11 countries

In May 2016, the Global Fund Board approved another tranche of funding from the 2014-2016 allocations. In addition, funding was awarded to a shortened grant to permit services to continue to be provided through to the end of 2017.


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