The Global Fund will continue to support strategically focused regional applications that are designed to achieve impact and clearly demonstrate the value-added of a regional approach.
A two-step process will be put in place for regional concept notes:
- As first step, applicants will submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Global Fund. Through this first step, the Global Fund will assess whether the applicant meets eligibility criteria and regional requirements and competitively assess whether the ‘concept’ is strong enough for further development as a regional concept note.
- If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements and is positively assessed, the applicant will be invited to develop a concept note to be submitted to the Global Fund and given an indicative envelope.
While the Secretariat will not officially ‘invite’ applicants to submit an EOI, the Secretariat will actively engage with partners and civil society networks to identify strategic opportunities for regional investments.
The Secretariat will engage with the applicant ahead of final submission to help ensure broad involvement of key populations, women’s representatives, civil society groups, technical partners and other key stakeholders. In cases where the regional dialogue processes requires financial support, the Secretariat will endeavor to find ways to provide support either directly or through its partnership networks.
By the end of January 2014, the Global Fund will make available tools and guidance needed to submit an EOI.