CCMs will continue to be the primary entity responsible for submitting requests for new funding and overseeing grants. CCMs will need to align the timing of application requests to national cycles, and ensure an appropriate distribution of funding across the three diseases and investments in health and community systems strengthening.
The CCM role has not changed, which is to develop and submit funding requests (through a concept note) and ensure grant oversight and compliance with the CCM eligibility requirements.
However, given the important role of country dialogue in the new funding model, and the possibility for the CCM to take a leading role in coordinating these discussions and processes, the scope and involvement of the CCMs with other key stakeholders in discussions on health and development in the country is likely to increase.
Primarily, yes. However, the Global Fund’s existing policies for receiving funding requests from other entities, such as Non-CCM and regional applicants, still apply but are subject to specific requirements. CCMs should also be involved in grant making and continue to provide oversight over grant implementation.
The best way civil society can work with the CCM is to be actively engaged in country dialogue to influence the content of the concept note (including the prioritized interventions).
In order for the concept note to be submitted it must be endorsed and signed by CCM members who need to represent the country. This is also why country dialogue is critical to make sure the proposal is inclusive.
If the CCM is consistently unwilling to include civil society in country dialogue then the group should escalate their concerns to the FPM at the Global Fund Secretariat. If the CCM does not include a required component of the application (e.g. an affected community), then a non-CCM funding application could be submitted; however, that is an exceptional situation.
CCM eligibility requirements have been adjusted to encourage more engagement with civil society, such as increasing the number of key affected populations within the CCM. In its concept note submission, a CCM will need to explain how it engaged a broad range of stakeholders in the concept note development process, and specifically how it engaged key populations.
Additionally, the Global Fund is piloting a way to increase funds for civil society engagement within the CCMs; funds would be made available to support civil society to travel to CCM meetings and to have better access to communication materials. We will have more information on the results of the pilot by the March 2014 Board meeting.