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Issue 293: 03 August 2016

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1. NEWS: Larson Moth appointed new Chief Editor of Aidspan

Larson Moth has joined Aidspan as Chief Editor effective 2 August 2016. Larson will be responsible, among other things, for editing Global Fund Observer. 


2. NEWS: Replenishment round-up: Advocacy efforts intensify

There are only six weeks left before the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal. The replenishment was a hot topic at AIDS 2016. One question people are asking is how much will the U.K. donate after Brexit and the change of government?


3. NEWS: GFAN report describes “The Cost of Inaction”

Not meeting the Global Fund’s replenishment target of $13 billion will mean more infections and more lives unnecessarily lost, according to a report released by the Global Fund Advocates Network. Key populations will be the most severely affected.


4. ANALYSIS: Brexit: What does it mean for development aid and the Global Fund?

The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union raises questions about what the implications are for development aid in general and the Global Fund in particular. 


5. NEWS: Board turns down proposal to provide additional funding for grants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Global Fund Board has declined to approve extensions for a TB and an HIV grant to Bosnia and Hercegovina. No reasons for the decision have been made public.


6. NEWS and ANALYSIS: The Global Fund releases a progress report on its gender equality and key population action plans

A Global Fund report says that there are clears signs of progress in the implementation of the Fund’s gender equality and key population action plans. But it cautions that there are still considerable challenges that need to be addressed.


7. NEWS: Countries in West and Central Africa set new and ambitious targets for December 2017

Eleven countries in West and Central Africa met with representatives of the Global Fund Secretariat and technical partners in Dakar on 28-30 June 2016 to respond to problems the countries are experiencing in absorbing funding and implementing grants. If appropriate actions are not undertaken, it is estimated that $768 million will remain unspent at 31 December 2017.


8. NEWS: Board approves funding to extend shortened grants

In July 2016, the Global Fund Board approved $388 million to extend shortened grants in five countries.


9. NEWS: Board approves costed grant extension to ensure continuity of HIV services in Mozambique

The Board has approved $77 million in additional funding for shortened HIV grant in Mozambique. The additional money will allow services to be provided through to the end of 2017. 


10. NEWS: Are EECA countries able to sustain harm reduction programs?

Case studies conducted by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network rate the readiness of four countries to transition harm reduction programs from Global Fund support to domestic funding at between 19% and 47%.


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