Board Decisions

GF/B18/DP19


Approved by the Board on:
08 November 2008


Global Fund Architecture

The Board acknowledges the work of the Policy and Strategy Committee and Secretariat in reviewing the architecture issues related to the current financing model of the Global Fund.

The Board recognizes that certain key improvements may be implemented immediately, while other potential improvements require further consideration and development.

A. Endorsement of a "single stream of funding per Principal Recipient per disease" model:

The Board endorses, in principle, the recommendation that future architectural changes shall be based on a "single stream of funding per Principal Recipient per disease" model, recognizing that:

  1. The Secretariat will present to the Policy and Strategy Committee, at its first meeting in 2009, a detailed design for implementation of this model, including an analysis of all necessary changes to Global Fund policy required to implement this model; and
  2. The Policy and Strategy Committee will present the model for Board approval at the Nineteenth Board Meeting.

B. Changes to be implemented beginning in Round 10:

Recognizing that the Board has made the following previous decisions in order to progress towards greater alignment of Global Fund processes with country cycles:

  • To announce, with significant advance notice, a fixed set of dates for future rounds of funding (GF/B14/DP12) and to call for two rounds of funding in 2008 (GF/B17/DP23);
  • The opportunity for applicants to re-submit a revised version of the same proposal that was recommended by the TRP as a 'Category 3' proposal (GF/B17/DP23); and
  • The opportunity for the TRP to recommend RCC proposals for funding conditional upon the removal of a limited set of specific elements from the disease proposal (GF/B14/DP9).

The Board now decides to reflect the above decisions in future rounds, commencing with Round 10, as follows:

  1. The Secretariat shall issue a minimum of two Calls for Proposals in each calendar year, which shall be issued at dates that fall 6 months after each other, and on as close to the same dates each year as is practicable;
  2. Applicants whose proposals are recommended as 'Category 3' proposals by the TRP, shall be entitled to re-submit, in the next round, a revised version of the same proposal that was recommended by the TRP as a 'Category 3' proposal;
  3. The TRP may, when recommending proposals as 'Category 1' or 'Category 2' (including 'Category 2B' proposals), recommend relevant proposals for funding conditional upon the removal of a limited set of specific elements from the disease proposal (which removal is not subject to a right of appeal); and
  4. The Board requests the Secretariat to prepare amendments to the TRP Terms of Reference as necessary to implement the decisions described above.

Budgetary Implications

The budgetary implications of this decision point in 2009 amount to US$ 876,000 which includes an allocation for eight staff positions. (The cost will be covered by the budget contingency.)

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