In June RESULTS UK grassroots contacted UK representatives to the Global Fund Board to call for them to ensure that any changes being made to the Global Fund funding model would be demand driven, specifically that countries should be able to make full assessments of their disease burdens in order that the Fund can respond accordingly. We can now report some success from these actions!
The funding model agreed by the Global Fund board last week seeks to promote country level national strategic plans and budgeting schedules which fit with national timetables rather than artificial Geneva led timings. Importantly the model avoids artificial caps being put on country demand which is something that was hard fought by RESULTS and others.
In a Global Fund press release, the General Manager, Gabriel Jaramillo commented:
“Now we can develop a new business model that will be simpler for implementers, will move resources faster to save lives, and will also give taxpayers in donor nations confidence that the Fund is responding to the times.”
The new approach groups countries into bands, according to disease burden and ability to pay, something which will be analysed in a new report to be released by RESULTS UK and GHA France on Wednesday this week.
The new model agreed by the board seeks to integrate a broad range of stakeholders in decision making, including civil society and most at-risk-populations.