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Global Fund Observer


Issue 363: 11 September 2019

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1. NEWS: Funding request information for Global Fund's 2020-2022 allocation period now available

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Global Fund has published new funding request guidelines to help implementers prepare their funding applications for the next allocation period (2020-2022), earlier in the grant cycle than previously, to allow implementing countries sufficient time for internal dialogue and preparation. The available funding for this period will be determined at the November Board meeting, after the Sixth Replenishment Conference on 10 October in Lyon, France.


2. NEWS: Global Fund role in attaining Universal Health Coverage will be in focus at UN General Assembly

By: Andrew Green

An upcoming High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage at the United Nations’ 74th  General Assembly is raising questions about how multilateral institutions, like the Global Fund, can contribute. Observers point to the specific role the Fund can play in protecting marginalized communities and human rights. But they also warn that there could be potential conflicts over funding priorities.


3. NEWS: Mixed results from audit of Global Fund grants in Nepal, says OIG

By: Djesika Amendah

This second audit by the Office of the Inspector General of Global Fund grants in Nepal found ‘partially effective’ systems and mechanisms to ensure quality of services for HIV and TB to intended beneficiaries, while implementation arrangements to ensure achievement of grant objectives need significant improvement. The country is, however, ahead of schedule to eliminate malaria.


4. NEWS: Advancing country ownership is central theme of implementers' meeting in Dakar

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Global Fund Implementer Voting Group is holding its third retreat from 11 to 13 September, in Dakar, Senegal. The retreat aims to develop agreed actions based on work areas first prioritized in its 2016 ‘roadmap’, as well as focus on advancing country ownership and political will, in the context of co-financing and universal health coverage.


5. REPLENISHMENT : Updates on the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment

By: Adèle Sulcas

With just one month left until the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon, France, Replenishment-related activity has stepped up. In August, five major governments announced their increased pledges within five days, India increased its pledge, and the private sector made several pledges involving co-investments and other initiatives.


6. OF INTEREST: Other news relating to the Global Fund partnership

By: Adèle Sulcas

This GFO’s ‘Of Interest’ highlights the report just published by the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, the first peer-reviewed academic document attesting to the feasibility of global malaria eradication by 2050, and the Global Fund’s new publication series spotlighting private sector partnerships.


7. ANNOUNCEMENT: The Global Fund Board seeks new members for the Technical Review Panel

By: Aidspan Staff

The Global Fund Board has launched a recruitment process for new members of the Technical Review Panel, the independent group of health-care and development experts that reviews funding applications. The recruitment process is being managed by Devex. Applications are due by 15 September 2019.


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