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Global Grant Community:  Q1’19 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Q1’19 Newsletter from the GGC team at The African Academy of Sciences.

Highlights from the last three months are: -
  • GGC Assessment portal ‘goes live’
  • GGC Secretariat establish a “Help Desk” system to support the users of the portal.
  • GFGP Standard has been translated into other languages.
  • GFGP Certification Scheme and Audit Plan are becoming finalized.
  • Globalization Strategy for the Global Grant Community.
GGC Assessment portal “goes live”
On the 31st Jan’19, the production version of the GGC assessment portal went live. The first activity was to request all our current users to approve their data to be transferred onto the production platform. Many of you have been involved in this process. 

An interesting and somewhat frustrating technical problem occurred during this process. It became apparent that emails from both the global grant community and the GGC system were frequently being re-directed by the recipients in boxes into their junk mail. If anyone has been expecting an email from us, then please monitor your junk mail.

GGC Secretariat establish a ‘Help Desk’ system

With the launch of the portal, the Secretariat at the GGC implemented a “Help Desk” to respond to technical and other queries from the community users. All emails sent to the automatically go through to the Help Desk. We trust this is now working to your satisfaction, and we are continually learning how to improve the service and so please provide your feedback on your experiences (both positive and negative) from the service you have received from the Help Desk team.

The next upgrade released to the portal will be to accommodate registration of more complex organizations. This is currently being done in a semi manual manner and the intention is to make this as automated as possible on the registration page of the portal.

To take out a subscription to use the portal and invite your grantees to undertake self – assessments against the requirements of the GFGP standard, please reach out to us at, and we will take you through the subscription process of how to become an active user.

GFGP Standard

We now have translations of the GFGP standard into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Kinyarwanda. These translations were undertaken by professional linguists in their respective languages. However, it now poses the challenge that the documents need to be independently quality controlled to ensure the translations are accurate.  The Rwanda Standards Board are kindly quality controlling the Kinyarwanda translation.

If anyone in the GGC community has, or knows someone who has, the necessary language skills in French, Spanish or Portuguese, and may be interested to undertake this quality control checking, then please reach out to us at the email below. We shall then provide further information on what is required. We shall of course be remunerating appropriately for the time involved.

When approved, the translated versions of the standard will be available for purchase from - the Rwanda Standards Board. Please contact us if you would like further information on how to obtain a copy.

Certification Scheme and Audit Plan for GFGP. 

The 3rd Technical Working Group was held at the end of March’19, to review amongst other things the latest drafts of the GFGP Certification Scheme, the GFGP Audit plan and the scheme for an organization to become a GFGP Licensed Training Service Provider.
The outline timing is in April’19, we will issue a Request for Proposals to firms who may be interested in becoming a licensed Certification Body (CB) to undertake GFGP Certification audits of those organizations seeking to become Certified to GFGP. The intention is to license a global network of CBs to ensure that ultimately certification audits of an organization can occur anywhere in the world.
If anyone in our GGC community knows of any potential CBs who they think should receive the Request for Proposals, then please ask them to contact us as soon as possible for further information.

Globalization Strategy for the Global Grant Community.

The AAS is now addressing how to ensure that the benefits of the GFGP standard and the GGC portal are made available, in a timely fashion, to as many grantors and grantees as possible on a world-wide basis. Undoubtedly, the AAS has a wide network of stakeholders, especially in the Science, Technology and Innovation sectors. However, the benefits of the GGC portal are equally potent in the Humanitarian and related not for profit sectors. Scenarios are being developed which encompass both establishing GGC global centres of excellence and partnering with organizations which have a global reach into the Humanitarian sectors.
If you have any queries or would like to learn more, please contact the GGC team at
Kind regards,
The Global Grant Community team at the African Academy of Sciences.


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