The India Country Coordinating Mechanism Global Fund proposal from round 8, which was rated as category 3 and hence not approved for funding, was resubmitted in round 9 after major revisions and was subsequently approved in category 2B in November 2009.
The three Principal Recipients (PRs) selected for this grant are the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), Alliance India and Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA).
MoLE and EHA are new PRs, while Alliance India has previous experience of managing Global Fund grants. The three PRs met in early December to discuss the way forward and agreed to seek technical support to assist them in meeting the deadline and requirements of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) clarifications and the grant negotiation process.
The new PRs applied to the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) for technical support with the pre signature process. OGAC instructed Grant Management Solutions (a US Government funded partnership to strengthen the performance of Global Fund grants) to provide the requested TS to the two India PRs. Given that one of the PRs, Alliance India, hosts the Regional Technical Support Hub for South Asia, this request presented a unique opportunity for building the capacity of the TS Hub to provide technical support to Global Fund grants.
Building local and regional capacity of technical support providers and consultants is an important objective of the GMS project. GMS therefore designed the intervention to support this objective: three teams of consultants supported the two PRs on program and financial management and on strengthening M&E systems. While the team leaders were experienced GMS consultants, all the other team members are national consultants provided by the TS Hub, who after having been trained through being part of the GMS teams will continue to work with the TS Hub and provide technical support to other grants in the South Asia region.
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