Stakeholders in Burkina Faso have succeeded in improving the absorption rate of the country’s Global Fund grants. The rate has gone from 67% for the period 2012–2015 to 94% as of the end of 2017. Poor absorption has been a long-standing problem in all countries in West and Central Africa.
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Implementation Through Partnership
Service quality was one of the five strategic thematic areas that emerged from the work of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2016, as described in the OIG’s 2016 annual report. Another article in this issue provides a short summary of each theme.
The Global Fund defines absorptive capacity as the percentage of actual expenditure compared to the total grant budget. Countries have long reported various policy and operational barriers that hinder their ability to fully absorb donor funds.
As a result of Niger's participation in the ITP, the country is now seeing increased absorption rates of some grants. The country is one of those participating in the Global Fund’s Implementation Through Partnership (ITP) initiative on which a separate article in this issue here, provides a further description.
Over the past year, the Global Fund and many of its partner organizations have been actively collaborating on an Implementation Through Partnership (ITP) project to support countries that are encountering problems implementing grants. The problems include grants starting late; grants falling behind schedule; and grants having difficulty absorbing all of the financing they have been awarded.
The Global Fund has been aware for at least the past six years that salary incentives paid to workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were problematic, but has struggled to find a way to move forward without them.