The Global Fund is rolling out a new approach to funding programs. The goal is to ensure efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have the greatest possible impact. This updated approach is known as the “new funding model” (NFM). You can get more background information about the NFM here.
An important change, designed to increase the impact of programs, is that the NFM aims to ensure that all stakeholders – particularly those from civil society organisations and those representing key populations– are meaningfully involved throughout the funding application process and through grant implementation. The Country Coordinating Mechanism is still the main body involved in developing proposals and overseeing grants at the country level, but the NFM recognises that meaningful involvement requires engaging with actors beyond the Country Coordinating Mechanism through an ongoing country dialogue.
As a first step, countries are encouraged to cost the full unmet needs for prevention, treatment, care and support – known as a “full expression of demand”. Each country will receive an indication of the amount of funding they are eligible to receive from the Global Fund. This amount is for all three diseases (if applicable) and health systems strengthening. Countries must then agree on how this funding will be split between each disease and health systems strengthening. Countries are also encouraged to be bold and to apply for additional funding beyond that amount, so countries have an incentive to be ambitious in what they apply for.
Given that the current resources of the Global Fund are limited, it is expected that full expression of demand will substantially exceed the ‘funding allocations’ that have been communicated to countries by the Global Fund (even when the ‘incentive funding’ opportunity would be added to this).
The Global Fund Technical Review Panel (TRP) will review the full demand as expressed in the concept notes. They will assess which elements of the full demand are of sound quality, even if the country allocation is insufficient to cover these funding needs. The TRP will then recommend to the Fund’s Grant Approvals Committee which elements of the full demand should be included on the register of ‘Unfunded Quality Demand’ (UQD), which could then be funded should additional resource become available from the Global Fund or other donors. As additional resources that the Global Fund will mobilise in this replenishment period (2014-2016) become available, they will be invested in this register. Countries should therefore not limit their concept notes to the size of the allocations.
For these reasons we call on all colleagues from civil society, key populations, gender and human rights work to be fierce advocates in the Country Dialogue and Concept Note development processes for a FULL EXPRESSION OF DEMAND.
Full expression of demand means that all health needs and critical enablers related to the HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria prevention, treatment, care and support are addressed and fully costed, including the needs of the most vulnerable communities such as key populations, people living with HIV, women and children.
You can download the ‘Call to Full Expression of Demand’ information document below. Please disseminate both documents widely and encourage as many colleagues as possible to engage with this process.
You can download the brochure ‘Understanding the New Funding Model’ here.