The Global Fund Board will not approve funding for Phase 2 of two Round 8 malaria grants to the Republic of Congo.
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The two NGO delegations and the Communities delegation on the Global Fund Board met in Paris on 19–20 May to review recent developments in the implementation of the new funding model (NFM) and to develop a plan to improve communications and advocacy on this issue. Representatives from early and interim applicant countries were also present.
Since the Global Fund’s Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR) policy was adopted on 18 April 2011, a number of concerns have been raised about the interpretation and application of the policy. This article describes the concerns and provides responses from the Global Fund Secretariat.
The Global Fund has released its results report for 2012, entitled “Strategic Investments for Impact.” The 94-page report provides comprehensive information on the achievements of programmes supported by the Global Fund through June 2012, and discusses some of the strategic issues the Fund is currently addressing.
In theory, country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) are a great idea. CCMs provide a forum for relevant stakeholders in a country to discuss the gaps in the national response to AIDS, TB and malaria, develop proposals for the Global Fund to address these gaps, nominate principal recipients (PRs) to implement the programmes should the proposals be approved, and oversee implementation.
In the report to the Board on TFM proposals, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) devoted a large section to lessons learned from its review of the proposals. This article provides a summary of the lessons learned that apply to all proposals. (In a separate article, we describe the observations of the TRP that relate to the proposals for each of the three diseases.)
In the report to the Board on Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) proposals, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) made observations specific to each of the disease components. This article provides a summary of these observations. (In a separate article, we describe the lessons learned identified by the TRP with respect to all proposals.)
Protocol describes how the two entities will collaborate on audits, diagnostic reviews and investigations
Process and timelines for audits spelled out
Conduct of an FPM investigated
Ten country audits, eight diagnostic reviews planned for 2012
Having both the principal recipients (PRs) and local fund agents (LFAs) report directly to the Global Fund Secretariat and, in the process, bypassing country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) has usurped the CCM's oversight role.