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Issue 365: 11 October 2019

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1. NEWS: Global Fund Sixth Replenishment achieves $14-billion target, largest amount ever raised for a multilateral health organization

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment achieved its target of at least $14 billion, on the final day of the Pledging Conference in Lyon, France, on October 10, the largest amount ever raised for a multilateral health organization. But this was only after last-minute pledges and promises of more soon to come, to get to the final $14.02 billion figure. President Emmanuel Macron hosted the event with striking passion and enthusiasm.


2. NEWS: Global Fund Sixth Replenishment pledging conference sees historic private sector contribution plus pledges from 23 implementing countries

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Sixth Replenishment pledging session on the morning of October 10 saw scores of donors, including representation from 68 countries as well as private foundations and private sector partners, proudly make their pledges to the Sixth Replenishment. The pledging saw a doubling of commitments from African countries, and a historic total of more than $1 billion from the private sector. This article describes specific pledges announced at the pledging session. 


3. NEWS: Global Fund resumes funding to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

By: David Garmaise

After an absence of 18 months, the Global Fund is returning to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. The Board has approved a consolidated TB and malaria grant worth $41.7 million. The Fund says that improvements have been made to the implementation and verification arrangements that were at the root of the Fund’s decision to terminate grants to the DPRK in February 2018.


4. NEWS: Global Fund Board approves $46.4 million in interventions from the UQD Register

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund Board has approved funding for another batch of interventions from the Register of Unfunded Quality Demand. These awards allow the Fund to fill gaps in services in countries whose original requests for funding from the 2017-2019 allocations did not cover all of their immediate needs. These funding revisions are to nine grants from five countries.


5. NEWS: The Global Fund has made some progress in establishing ethics- and integrity-related structures and processes, OIG says

By: Adèle Sulcas

In the first-ever audit by the Office of the Inspector General of the Global Fund’s own ethics and integrity – and related risks across all its structures, processes, and governance – the OIG says that good progress has been made in the establishment of the Ethics Office and its functions, but that there is further to go in monitoring the state of ethics and clarifying related accountabilities across the Global Fund.


6. OPINION: Civil Society engagement in the Sixth Replenishment campaign: A unique example in the world of global health

By: Christelle Boulanger

Civil society organizations have played a major role in the campaign for the Sixth Replenishment. They have shown once again how involved they are in the life of the Global Fund. In francophone Africa, through GFAN and CS4ME, more than twenty organizations from 15 countries have conducted awareness-raising and advocacy activities at the embassies of the main public donors in the runup to the replenishment, and publicly asked their countries to participate in the resource mobilization effort. The announcements made at the Pledging Conference have rewarded these efforts: African countries have mobilized twice the amount of money compared to three years ago, and their strong presence in Lyon demonstrates their commitment to fight and eliminate pandemics.


7. FEATURE: Global Fund Implementer Voting Group 2019 retreat prepares for next Roadmap

By: Ida Hakizinka

At the September 2019 annual retreat of the Global Fund Implementer Voting Group in Dakar, Senegal, the group’s ten constituencies, including governments and communities- and civil-society delegations, discussed areas that had been identified as priorities for 2017-2019. These included how to improve the Implementer Group’s effectiveness, absorptive capacity, sustainability and transition, and human rights and gender equality. The retreat also included participants from the Secretariat, including the Global Fund’s Executive Director for some sessions.


8. FEATURE: After 16 years, Churches Health Association of Zambia continues its success as Global Fund grant implementer

By: Djesika Amendah

In Zambia, one of the countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, an umbrella organization of faith-based health facilities has been pivotal in the fight against the disease: the Churches Health Association of Zambia. An indigenous organization, CHAZ has been a successful Principal Recipient of Global Fund grants since 2003. Its leaders credit this longevity and their programs’ success to their belief in God and themselves.


9. NEWS: GFA consulting group reacts to GFO’s article on fiscal agents’ work with Global Fund grants

By: GFA Consulting Group

In response to an article by Aidspan analysing the role of fiscal agents in Global Fund grant implementation, the GFA consulting group, which covers 44% of the Global Fund’s fiscal agent engagements, wrote a letter to the editor objecting to some elements of the coverage, which we reprint here.


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