What We Do
Aidspan's Role as Watchdog. Aidspan has been building its reputation for responsible reporting, commentary and analysis on all aspects of the Global Fund ecology for 12 years. We have built an extensive global network of links. We try to always constructively comment on the extent to which the Global Fund's Board, Secretariat and grant implementers are being effective and are living up to the Fund's founding principles.
We do this by publishing timely and relevant information and thoughtful, incisive analysis and; through facilitating critical debate; and promoting greater transparency, accountability, effectiveness and impact. One of our main channels to date has been the Global Fund Observer.
Aidspan's strategic plan, annual plans and annual reports are available under key documents.
Aidspan's work falls into four program areas: Editorial, Outreach, Research and Data Analytics.
The silent advocacy and analytical support that is at the core of Aidspan's work makes it difficult, at times, to show the direct impact of its activities. However, there are some achievements worth highlighting:
Establishment of a first-ever watchdog of a major multilateral financing institution with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the institution.
Development of a high degree of trust and confidence at the highest levels of the Global Fund, which provides Aidspan with an unprecedented level of access and observer status at Fund board meetings.
Influence on the Fund's policymaking, including funding models, with the publication of products including the Equitable Contributions Framework.
Improving the quality, completeness and presentation of Global Fund data.
Exposure of misuse of money, including the 2005 revelation of corruption within the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
In-depth analysis on the problems at the Fund in 2011/2012 that spurred major policy and strategic changes.
Accessible and informative presentations of Fund grant management data, including pledges and contributions.
More than 230 issues of its flagship publication GFO, which provides clear information about the Fund to some 10,000 people in 150 countries.
2010 launch of the Local Watchdog Project in east and southern Africa. Workshops held in eight countries and work under way with 10 organizations.
The Editorial Department publishes three newsletters each month: the biweekly Global Fund Observer (GFO), and the French language Observateur du Fonds Mondial. In keeping with its commitment to being a global organization, Editorial also publishes selected articles, analyses and guides in Spanish and Russian. Other projects overseen by the Editorial Department include Aidspan's social media presence, multimedia including documentary film and photographic stories, and all strategic communications by Aidspan.
The Outreach Department takes the global to the grassroots by emphasizing accountability, efficiency and transparency at the implementing country level. By arming country-level watchdogs with the best information about health financing, Aidspan believes that it can ensure that Global Fund programs are implemented efficiently and effectively. The Local Watchdog Project identifies and mentors organizations and individuals interested in monitoring the activities and impact of the Global Fund at the country level. The Outreach Department also manages projects designed to improve the performance of CCMs, to improve the accountability of Global Fund grants, and to promote networking and the sharing of information.
The Research Department publishes short research studies on the workings of the Global Fund and its implementers. This includes critiquing the policies, actions, transparency, accountability, impact and effectiveness of the Global Fund Secretariat and Board, and of country coordinating mechanisms, local fund agents and implementers. The Research Department also summarises and critiques Global Fund-related research that has been carried out by others. In addition, the Department produces guides and briefs to assist Fund applicants and implementers.
The Data Analytics Department create tools for analysis of data. Most of the data we source are secondary data already available through open source. We extract data, make them easier to read through simple presentation and offer our users an online facility for easy analysis. Our tools are accessible through the Data Analytics page.