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Global Fund Observer


Issue 310: 28 April 2017

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From the Editor:

GFO #310 is a special, thematic issue of Global Fund Observer. In this issue, Aidspan examines challenges that arose in three sub-Saharan African countries – Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania (Zanzibar) – during the preparation of funding requests to the Global Fund for the first window of the 2017-2019 funding cycle. Zanzibar submitted a program continuation request. Uganda and Zimbabwe both submitted full review requests. We believe that applicants who have yet to submit their funding requests can learn from the experiences of these three countries. Funding requests for 93 components were submitted in Window 1. If you know of countries that have interesting stories to tell with respect to their funding requests, please let us know. We will endeavour to follow up on some of them.

– David Garmaise

1. ANALYSIS: Uganda CCM and the Global Fund at odds over funding request

The Global Fund Secretariat turned down a proposed program split from the Uganda CCM as well as a proposed stand-alone component for resilient and sustainable systems for health. This article takes an in-depth look at what transpired.


2. ANALYSIS: Zimbabwe’s TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund: “Not much room to manoeuver”

This article examines two challenges that arose during the development of Zimbabwe’s funding request: (1) There was not much room to maneuver with respect to the program interventions that were included in the request; and (2) A group of donors criticized the process for developing the funding request and the outcome.


3. ANALYSIS: In a Window 1 application to the Global Fund, Zanzibar grapples with limited data and tensions affecting key populations

On 20 March 2017, Zanzibar submitted a TB/HIV program continuation request for $6.4 million. Several challenges were experienced during the process, including planning in the absence of new data, fostering dialogue despite limited space for programmatic adjustments, and prioritizing key populations amid tensions affecting service provision for these groups.


This is issue 310 of the GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO) Newsletter. Please send all suggestions for news items, commentaries or any other feedback to David Garmaise, GFO Editor ( ). To subscribe to GFO, go to

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