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Global Grant Finance Community:  Newsletter
Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the Mar'18 newsletter from the GFGP team at the African Academy of Sciences.

GFGP standard.
The 2nd Technical Harmonisation Committee meeting to review the Committee Draft (CD) of the GFGP standard was held in Nairobi from the 7th to 9th February. After three days of detailed review of the 260+ comments , the THC finalized the document which has progressed to the next stage in the process as a Draft African Standard (DARS), and commences a 60 day public consultation phase.
 The DARS of the standard can be viewed via the following drop box link ( If you have any comments on the standard then please send them to the email address below. 
The third THC meeting will be held on the 2nd to 4th May to discuss any comments received on the DARS, the outcome of this meeting will be the Final Draft African Standard (FDARS) when it will advance to the balloting stage where each of the National Standard Board mirror committees represented on the THC have the opportunity to vote on whether the standard should be adopted as a new African Standard (ARS). All being well, the new ARS for GFGP should be ratified at the ARSO Annual General Assembly being held in Durban, South Africa in w/c 18th June 2018.

GFGP Piloting assessment and compliance. 
In January 18, the AAS/GFGP team undertook the first GFGP compliance assessment site visit, of a fairly large research institution, in continental Africa. The purpose of the visit was to review this particular grantees’ self assessment responses to the requirements of the standard. During the visit we learnt many lessons which we shall take forward into the design of the beta version of the portal and improvements to the standard.
In order to assess the functionality of the GFGP standard and the assessment portal in Bronze tier organisations we have started some field trials in small CSO’s/CBO’s in urban and rural Kenya. The chosen organizations operate in the humanitarian, water & sanitation, educational, youth empowerment and gender equality sectors. Preliminary findings have been very encouraging in that regardless of size or type of organization the tiered structure of the standard is readily understood and permits flexibility to accommodate the requirements of a wide range of grantee organizations.  

GFGP Beta version assessment system & workshops.
Development of the beta version of the assessment portal has been commissioned and will be available for testing in early April. We mentioned in the Jan newsletter we were planning some workshops for grantees. These have now been confirmed as:-
Eastern Africa ( AAS, Nairobi, 9th & 10th April), Western Africa ( University of Ghana, Accra, 12th & 13th April)  and Southern Africa (African Health Research Institute, Durban, S Africa, 16th & 17th April). The agenda for the two day meeting is firming up as:

Day 1. Morning – review the standard in its close to final form for any last comments
Day 1. Afternoon – use, assess and comment on the beta version of the assessment portal – prior to the production version being developed
Day 2. Morning – canvass views on how to develop standardized grantor reporting
Day 2. Afternoon – canvass views and opinions of requirements for GFGP learning and development.

The GFGP program will pay the travel and subsistence costs for the GFGP grantee community who attended the original workshops held in Jan & Feb 16. Thank you for those of you who have already expressed interest in attending and invitations will be sent to all shortly. 
If any grantors wish to sponsor the travel and subsistence costs of any of their grantees to attend the workshops then please let us know. There is limited space available and so early expressions of interest ( to email below) will help us plan the logistics of the meetings. 
We also intend to hold a series of one day, workshops in London ( with possibly one of these days being held in Amsterdam), for the grantor community. The dates for these are the 9th, 10th & 11th May.  Early expressions of interest from grantors wishing to attend these workshops would be welcomed. 
The purpose of the grantor workshops is to enable the GFGP team to maximize
the opportunity to:- 

  • finalize views on the functionality of the assessment portal.
  • obtain  views on grantors or groups of grantors having their own ‘micro site’ where they can ask grantees additional due diligence questions (i.e. which are outside the scope of the GFGP standard).
  • canvass for interest and views on developing  harmonized grantor reporting and on GFGP learning and development. 

Kind regards
The GFGP team.

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