The Board refers to its decision1 to authorize the Secretariat to modify the application of existing policies to the extent necessary to consolidate grants on a pilot basis. Noting the update on the Secretariat's progress set out in the Policy and Strategy Committee document GF/PSC8/06, the Board reaffirms its commitment to achieving simplification and cost-efficiency in managing grants, and alignment with country systems, while maintaining adherence to the principle of performance-based funding. The Board accordingly delegates to the Secretariat the authority to:
The Board requests the Portfolio Committee to ensure that application forms and guidelines allow for the submission of consolidated applications through the Rounds-Based Channel and Rolling Continuation Channel.
The budgetary implications of this decision point in 2008 are estimated to be up to US$ 1.2 million to fund up to 4.5 full-time equivalent Global Fund staff to prepare for consolidation and other administrative costs to support country processes.