The letters sent on 12 March to the 123 countries eligible for Global Fund grants should have been heralded in Geneva with trumpets and the popping of champagne corks.
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DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP09
The Global Fund Board has approved a framework and roadmap for transition between the rounds-based approach and the new funding model (NFM), aiming to align timelines for grant funding with replenishment of the Global Fund’s coffers.
Earlier this year, the Global Fund approved 10 re-submitted proposals under the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) with a total value of $82.2 million. The original proposals from these applicants had been rated Category 4 by the Technical Review Panel (TRP), which meant that the proposals were not recommended for funding but that applicants were encouraged to re-submit.
The Global Fund Board will not approve funding for Phase 2 of two Round 8 malaria grants to the Republic of Congo.
Editor’s Note: Guinea-Bissau was one of seven applicants for which the Global Fund recently approved renewal funding. Articles on each of the other six renewals are available on GFO Live.
A number of strategic high-impact activities were not implemented during Phase 1 of a Round 8 TB grant in the Republic of Congo, and a significant portion of the budget was not spent, according to the Global Fund’s Grant Renewals Panel. Nevertheless, the Global Fund Board has approved new funding of $234,687 for Phase 2 of the grant. The overall Phase 2 budget recommended by the panel was approximately $2 million.
The Global Fund Board has approved Phase 2 funding for a Round 9 HIV grant in Bosnia and Hercegovina in the amount of $13.5 million. The principal recipient (PR) for the grant is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP is also PR for another HIV grant, which has been essentially completed, and for a TB grant in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
The Global Fund Board has approved Phase 2 funding for a Round 2 malaria rolling continuation channel grant in Namibia. The principal recipient (PR) for this grant is the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services. In approving the Phase 2 funding, the Board was acting on recommendations from the Grants Renewal Panel in the Secretariat.
The Global Fund Board has approved Phase 2 funding for two Round 9 HIV grants in Pakistan. Funding of $7.1 million was approved for one of the grants, for which the principal recipient (PR) is the National AIDS Control Programme. Funding of $11.3 million was approved for the other grant, for which the PR is the Nai Zindagi Trust.
In conjunction with the introduction of the new funding model (NFM), the Global Fund is introducing a new, modular approach for describing the programmes for which applicants are requesting funding.
What the Global Fund calls the “taxonomy” of the modular approach is explained in the following diagram taken from a near-final draft of the Concept Note Instructions for Early Applicants.