Board Decisions - Fourth Board Meeting

GF/B04/DP18

Approved by the Board on: 31 January 2003


Report of the Portfolio Management and Procurement Committee: Portfolio Management: Revising Eligibility Criteria

The PMPC, after considering the report from the Secretariat recommends the following to the Board regarding the revision of eligibility criteria:

  • Poverty and disease-related need (which encompasses both current disease burden and risk of growth) are the criteria that will be used to determine eligibility to apply for financing from the Global Fund.
  • For the Third Round of applications to the Global Fund:

a. Countries classified as "Low Income" by the World Bank are fully eligible to apply for support from the Global Fund;

b. Countries classified as "Lower-Middle Income" by the World Bank are eligible to apply for support from the Global Fund but must meet additional requirements, including co-financing, focusing on poor or vulnerable populations, and moving over time towards greater reliance on domestic resources;

c. Countries classified as "Upper-Middle Income" by the World Bank are eligible to apply for support if they face a very high current disease burden (a list of such countries will be provided to the Board and included in the Guidelines for Proposals) and they meet the additional requirements, including co-financing, focusing on poor or vulnerable populations, and moving over time towards greater reliance on domestic resources;

d. Countries classified as "High Income" by the World Bank are not eligible to apply for support from the Global Fund;

  • For the fourth and subsequent Rounds of applications to the Global Fund, WHO and UNAIDS will be asked to provide matrices categorizing countries based on disease-related need and poverty. These matrices will be used as the basis for categorization of eligible countries for each disease and will be presented to the Fifth Board meeting for use beginning with the Fourth Round of applications to the Global Fund.