Global Fund Observer

Global Fund Observer is the leading independent voice providing insight, analysis and opinion about the Global Fund. For authoritative and credible explanations about the policies, practices and procedures at the Secretariat, to insider information about Global Fund Board meetings, to real stories capturing the impact and role of the Global Fund at the country level, subscribe to our free twice-monthly newsletter.

To avoid the risk of your email system treating incoming issues of Global Fund Observer as spam, you should add to your list of approved email senders. If you are not sure how to do this, speak to your system administrator or technical support person.

Latest GFO Live articles

GFO Current Issue


As of 31 December 2017, only 5% of total recoverable amounts related to OIG audits and investigations remained outstanding, according to a report prepared for the last Board meeting. This reflects an increase in recoveries and a decreasing trend in the number of new cases.


In its latest round of grant approvals, the Global Fund Board approved 13 country grants worth $234.2 million. This was the ninth batch of approvals from the 2017-2019 allocations. Domestic commitments to the programs represented by the approved grants amounted to $902.5 million.


Reports from Zambia’s government medical stores to the Secretariat in 2016 and 2017 of missing HIV test kits triggered an OIG investigation into the losses, uncovering large-scale theft of HIV, TB and malaria-related medical products. The OIG is seeking recovery of more than $1 million for the "unexplained losses".


In 2015, the OIG launched a human-rights complaint mechanism for violations alleged in the context of Global Fund-supported programs – but one year later, it had not been used to report a single complaint. The Global Fund wondered why, and has just published an independent report on the mechanism’s low uptake.


An update on the implementation of the Governance Action Plan has been provided by the Global Fund Secretariat. The Plan builds upon the recommendations of a 2016 advisory review by the Office of the Inspector General, and also incorporates observations from a 2016 assessment of Board and Board leadership performance and committee performance. The Plan aims to move beyond process to focus on broader structural issues.


In a presentation prepared for the most recent Board meeting, the Technical Review Panel identified key lessons learned from the funding requests submitted in Window 4. One of the lessons learned was that there is a need for greater prioritization within programs that have reduced funding. We provide a summary of the Panel’s observations.


The Global Fund OIG and AFROSAI-E, the umbrella organization of English-speaking ‘supreme audit institutions’ in Africa, are collaborating in order to improve the oversight and performance of Global Fund grants in AFROSAI-E member countries. A new model of collaboration has been piloted in Zambia, with lessons learned since applied in two other country audits.


A new report published by Aidspan suggests that countries may not be using data optimally to inform grant implementation. The study, which aimed to assess flows of grant information and measurement of grant performance, also suggests that the Global Fund offers countries the flexibility to select performance indicators that are in line with the countries’ own strategic plans as well as with the Global Fund’s objectives.


The Global Fund has launched its first photo contest for people involved in the implementation of a Global Fund-supported program anywhere in the world, to broaden and localize its network of photographers, and reduce costs.