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Welcome to 2023!

We start the first issue of GFO with a message from Aidspan’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Director. We bring you the latest on the Grant Cycle 7 allocations, now the country amounts have been published. We also discuss the presentation made to the Board on the Thematic Report on Communities and the proceedings of a technical workshop hosted by UNAIDS-Technical Support Mechanism in Senegal in December 2022. Finally, we review the Office of the Inspector General’s recent audit on Global Fund grants in Bangladesh and report on a recent regional African workshop which discussed, among other topics, health system strengthening in the new funding cycle, COVID-19 grant portfolio optimization and pandemic preparedness and response.


For the first time, the Global Fund Board meeting held thematic discussions on two topics, one on gender and the second on communities. This article summarises the Board discussion paper on Communities at the Centre, which informed the discussions of this issue at the 48th Board meeting in November 2023.


This article discusses the importance of gender equality in the Global Fund's new 2023-2025 funding cycle (Grant Cycle 7).


This article is a brief report on the UNAIDS Technical Support Mechanism Global Fund Round 7 2023-2025 Funding Request Preparation Workshop held in December 2022 in Saly Portudal, Senegal. The article highlights two key elements that should be at the heart of future funding requests to the Global Fund: prioritization on the one hand and human rights and gender equality on the other.


Between 18 and 20 January the Global Fund and the African Constituencies Bureau hosted a south-to-south workshop in Dakar, Senegal, with the participation and support of GIZ Backup Health, WHO Geneva and WHO AFRO. The workshop brought together participants from nine Francophone African countries to speak about the need to invest in health systems as a key lever to achieve the goals of the fight against the three pandemics and attain universal health coverage. The workshop’s report is expected by the end of this week but in the meantime, we cover the workshop proceedings as they relate to the new wave of funding for the COVID-19 Response Mechanism and pandemic preparedness and response


The Office of the Inspector General’s audit report, issued on 22 September 2022, on the Global Fund grants in Bangladesh shows progress despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The report explains where improvements could be made that would deliver better value for money; and why the audit rates the achievement of four specified objectives as partially effective.