The Board recognizes that the Global Fund should be guided by a strategy that reflects the principles in the Global Fund's Framework Document. The work on developing the next strategy should be based on the six broad objectives discussed at the Global Fund Board Retreat on 10 - 11 December 2010 and outlined in the Chair's summary of the Board Retreat (GF/B22/19) and the final report of the Board Retreat.
The Board decides that the next strategy will cover the period up to the end of 2016, with a mid-point review in 2014.
The strategy will be a concise, high level document setting out the broad strategic direction of the Global Fund (the "Strategy Document"), with further details captured in an accompanying implementation plan (the "Implementation Plan"). The strategy will take into account the action plan of the reform working group.
The Policy and Strategy Committee (PSC) will steer the strategy development work and make recommendations to the Board. The Secretariat will be actively involved in the development of and deliberations on the strategy, and will also ensure that any necessary content development work is carried out.
The Board requests the PSC to develop a complete draft of the Strategy Document including objectives, targets, and strategic initiatives for discussion at the Board meeting in May 2011. The Secretariat shall then develop the Implementation Plan for the strategy. The PSC shall seek appropriate input on the strategy at the Fourth Partnership Forum (in consultation with the Partnership Forum Steering Committee, which shall advise on the nature of such input). The final Strategy Document and its Implementation Plan shall be approved at the Board meeting at the end of 2011.
The budgetary implications of this decision for the 2011 Operating Expenses Budget are estimated at approximately US$ 165,000 for consulting fees and travel costs. This amount is not included in the proposed 2011 budget for operating expenses.