Channel 2: Projects funding
The purpose of Channel 2 of the 5% Initiative is to fund projects lasting two to three years which provide a response to programmatic needs or structural issues in beneficiary countries. Grants are allocated by means of a competitive basis based on calls for proposals. Two thematic areas for calls for proposals are defined each year in line with an overall focus on capacity-building in beneficiary countries.
Consultative prioritisation of thematic areas
In February 2012, a consultation seminar organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and FEI (today Expertise France) was attended by actors from over twenty countries with the purpose of defining the thematic priorities for the 5% Initiative in 2012 and 2013. The discussions in the seminar allowed eligible countries to express their views on the identification of their most urgent needs. These exchanges also covered available French-language expertise and the detailed procedures for implementation of Channel 2. The seminar resulted in the definition of four priority needs in four thematic areas:
- The “governance” workshop focused discussion on the needs of national actors and in particular those of the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and their members with respect to the coordinating and monitoring of programmes.
- Discussion of “management (procurement and supply)” focused on issues surrounding stock outages.
- The discussions around “health system strengthening” looked at the strengthening of human resources and monitoring & evaluation tools at the decentralised and community levels.
- In the “operational research and impact measurement” workshop the debate centred on the overall objective of supporting operational research for the improvement of services and strategies for combating the three pandemics with a view to building local actors’ capacity.
The two calls for “Health System Strengthening” and “Operational Research” projects were closed in July 2012. The calls for “Governance” and “Procurement and Supply Management” were closed in 2013.
Two other calls have been published early in 2014:
AP I5PC-2014-01 : “Strengthening national strategies regarding key affected populations and/or vulnerable groups; And/or Reinforcing the consideration of gender in project design, implementation, monitoring and governance of the Global Fund grants”
AP I5PC-2014-02 : “To reinforce the integration of vertical programmes (HIV, Malaria, TB) in the national health systems”
Two other calls have been published in February 2015 :
AP I5PC-2015-01 : “Resistances”
AP I5PC-2015-02 : “Adolescents girls and boys and young women”
The cycle for Channel 2 calls for proposals
- Selection of projects based on a competitive procedure involving calls for proposals
- Funding of projects lasting two to three years by means of a grant mechanism
- FEI project monitoring and support