SWAZILAND COUNTRY COORDINATING MECHANISM [CCM]Press Statement-Global Fund ROUND 11 Developments-5 October 2011
1. Round 11 Submission Date extended from December 15, 2011 to March 1, 2012
The Swaziland Country Coordinating Mechanism [CCM] would like to announce to CCM membersand the entire Swazi Nation that Global Fund at its 24th Board Meeting on 26 September 2011, madean important decision relating to Round 11 proposals. Due to uncertainties in the amount of financingwhich is expected to be available to fund this Round, the Board has agreed to:
Delay the closing date for Round 11 proposals from 15 December 2011 to at least1 March 2012;
Examine options for modifications to the application, renewal and approval processes for new and existing investments; and
To make further decisions in relation to the options at its forthcoming 25th BoardMeeting on 21-22 November 2011.
2. Current estimate for Round 11 revised from $1.5 billion to $.8 billion
The nation is therefore informed that the application, renewal and / or approval processes for new andexisting grants are liable to change. The Board made these decisions in recognition of a revisedcurrent estimate that not more than US$ 0.8 billion is expected to be available for approving Round11 proposals at global level. This figure was originally at $1.5 billion. The Global Fund projects thatthese resources may not be available until the fourth quarter of 2013.
3. More changes to be communicated by December 1, 2011
The Board has committed to communicating its decision on the modifications that may apply to theapplication, renewal and approval processes no later than 1st December 2011. However, until suchtime, the existing application forms, processes and guidance for Round 11 (including the
), the Second Wave of National Strategy Applications and the Health Systems Funding Platformremain valid and applicable (although they are subject to future changes).
4. The implication on the above decision
The deadline will be pushed by 3 months and has possible effects on the criteria earlier on provided.As CCM, we have taken a deliberate decision to continue with the same energy in developing Round11 proposal whilst awaiting Global Fund Secretariat to further un-pack these Board decisions inaddition to the many other questions that will emerge.
5. Update on Audit by Global Fund
As you may recall, Global Fund grants in Swaziland were audited by the Office of Inspector General[OIG] of Global Fund last year [August/September]. The period covered grants since Global Fundstarted operations in Swaziland. In July this year, OIG issued out a draft report to which the CCM hassubmitted the responses last month [September]. The next stage will involve exchange onclarifications on our submission. The final report will then be presented to Global Fund Board by theOIG; then made public. It is worth mentioning that the audit outcome will help CCM, NERCHA andorganizations better manage, monitor and implement both current as well as future grants from GlobalFund. The CCM has committed to make progressive changes to improve the oversight function of theCCM through its Oversight Committee. The CCM also has in place, an Oversight Plan in compliance