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Better Grants for Increased Impact
The centerpiece of the transformation underway at the Global Fund this year is to reform our system of managing grants, our core business. Grant management is by its nature a complex process. It requires considerable time and effort by many parties to get much-needed support for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening diseases on the ground. Last year, the Global Fund Board agreed that the system could be fundamentally improved. This week, having completed a reorganization of the Grant Management division and other departments, the Global Fund launched a project called “Better Grants for Increased Impact.” General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo, at an opening meeting of the steering committee overseeing the project, described it as an overhaul that will enable the Global Fund and implementers to ensure resources are invested to deliver greater impact. The first and most pressing assignment is to devise workable options for a new funding model to replace the old “rounds” system, and then present them to the next Board Meeting in September. The goal is to modify the way countries apply for grants, make the timing of the process more flexible, allow early feedback – which is bound to increase success rates – and ultimately to shorten the time from application to disbursement. A coordination group on the project is spearheaded by Cees Klumper, Chief Risk Officer; Ruwan De Mel, Head of Strategy and Access to Funding; and Oren Ginzburg, Head of Grand Management Support. Mr. Jaramillo is chairing the steering committee. The dual goal in grant management is to get as much support as possible to places that need it, and also make sure that resources are managed securely and effectively. Like riding a bicycle, that involves a balancing act, and when the balance is right, acceleration can follow.
Madagascar – Delicate Beauty, Delicate Balance
Malaria is endemic in Madagascar, with more than 30 percent of the island’s 20 million citizens at high risk of infection. A cyclone hit several northern regions of the island in February, affecting more than 250,000 people and leading to a spike in malaria cases. Support from the Global Fund has helped distribute more than 9 million insecticide-treated nets, but there is far more work to be done. And the challenges on the ground can seem daunting. Madagascar, while home to spectacular wildlife, is still desperately poor, with average wages at US $50 per month. Economic despair has been made worse by an ongoing political crisis. Last week, Dr. Philémon Bernard Tafangy, the Secretary-General for Public Health described the situation to journalists visiting the island on a trip organized by the Global Fund. Dr. Tafangy said that since 2009, the political crisis in Madagascar had led to the suspension of aid by many international donors. The Global Fund has approved US$243 million in grants to Madagascar over nearly ten years and we have continued to fund Madagascar’s grants, in keeping with a policy to support country ownership in health programs no matter the politics of the day. “If the Global Fund had decided to withdraw, it would have had dramatic consequences, a real disaster for the people of Madagascar,” Dr. Tafangy told our visitors, including Mireille Guigaz, the French Ambassador for HIV and Communicable Diseases (who also sits on the Global Fund Board). “The impact of programs funded by the Global Fund is such that it is impossible to reverse.” Many health workers are owed back wages, and one nurse told our visitors that she was on strike, but only "in her head," because she couldn’t bear to abandon patients who receive daily DOTS treatment for tuberculosis. “If we are not there, their lives are at stake.”
(RED) Launches (RED) RUSH TO ZERO Campaign
“The beginning of the end of AIDS starts with you.” That’s a slogan being used by (RED), our longstanding partner, in a new campaign that we support. It’s called (RED) RUSH TO ZERO and is taking place around the world from 1 to 10 June. (RED) RUSH features innovative use of three major components: a global videogame tournament, a music program that allows fans to buy tickets to see major artists turn their shows (RED) and a fundraising road trip across Europe – all of them designed to raise funding and awareness that will help achieve an AIDS-Free Generation. What’s the RUSH? It’s a rush to zero. This year, 1,000 babies are born every day with HIV, and a lot of us, including (RED) and the Global Fund, are determined to get that number close to zero by 2015. “The world is at an historic moment in the fight against HIV and AIDS, with the opportunity to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED). “To push this effort over the finish line, we need to create new funding opportunities and new ways to keep people engaged and energized. (RED) RUSH is a unique effort to build momentum and ensure that the incredible progress that has been made over the last decade continues.” To date, (RED) has generated more than US$ 190 million to support HIV and AIDS programs financed by the Global Fund in six African countries, reaching more than 14 million people. In (RED) RUSH, gamers and music fans and corporate partners are all coming together for a good cause.
For more information, visit: http://www.redrush.com/
Profile: Gail Steckley, Fund Portfolio Manager – Indonesia
When Gail Steckley lands in Indonesia in July to negotiate the second phase of three HIV grants, she will be on familiar ground. Gail worked in Indonesia between 2005 and 2007 as Assistant Country Director and then Country Director for CARE, traveling extensively throughout the country. She worked on the reconstruction effort in Aceh in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami that hit in December 2004. “We worked from one end of the country to the other,” she recalled. “I have visited some very remote corners.” In that job, she learned to speak Bahasa Indonesia, useful in her current position as the Fund Portfolio Manager for Indonesia, which has over US$ 544 million in approved funding from the Global Fund across 13 grants. Gail has almost 20 years of experience in international development. She joined the Global Fund in 2010 on the Civil Society team, before joining Grant Management in January. She said she looks forward to collaborating with Indonesians again, particularly those working in civil society. “The people most affected by the three diseases are the most important in our response, and civil society in Indonesia is providing great leadership in working with them,” she said. Parts of Indonesia’s vast population are severely affected by TB, HIV and malaria. Because it carries such a high disease burden, Indonesia was included in the Global Fund’s High Impact Asia department. This is a new department created as a result of the organization’s restructuring and designed to focus more resources, including staff, to achieve the greatest impact. The other “High Impact” countries in the region are India, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Gail holds Masters’ Degrees in Public Administration from Carleton University and in Management from McGill University. Gail enjoys cycling, skiing and scuba diving (which she learned while living in Indonesia). She also enjoys the chance to learn new languages. As a Canadian, she speaks fluent English and French, and is also conversant in Spanish, German and Thai.
Charity Miles – Another Way to Save Lives
When you’re out exercising this summer (or winter, depending on whether you are north or south of the equator) you can help us save lives a mile at a time. Charity Miles is launching a new app today for iPhones and Android phones that enables people to earn money for charity simply by walking, running or biking. Donors have already committed an initial US $1 million to back every mile “earned” with the Charity Miles app within a year. We think this is very cool. All you have to do is download the app and choose the Global Fund - one of the nine featured charities - and then go exercise. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile.
Anyone can download the app on an iPhone or Android here: http://j.mp/charitymiles
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