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Issue 286: 28 April 2016

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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

1. NEWS: Main decisions made at Board meeting

This article provides a summary of the main decisions made by the Global Fund Board at its meeting on 26-27 April 2016.

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2. NEWS: Board approves allocations methodology for 2017-2019

The allocations methodology for 2017-2019 approved by the Board does not differ significantly from the methodology used for the 2014-2016 allocations.

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3. NEWS: Board adopts new Strategy for 2017-2022: “Investing to End Epidemics”

The Global Fund’s new Strategy for 2017-2022 places increased emphasis on strengthening health systems, and promoting human rights and gender equality.

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4. NEWS: New Strategy has a dual focus on high burden/low income countries and vulnerable populations

To maximize impact against HIV, TB, and malaria is one of the four objectives of the new Strategy 2017-2022. The Global Fund says that this objective will focus both on high burden/low income countries and vulnerable populations.

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5. NEWS: The Global Fund shows slow but steady progress in organizational maturity: OIG

In its annual “opinion” on governance, risk management and internal controls of The Global Fund, the Office of the Inspector General said that although there has been steady progress in organizational maturity, many issues remain. The Board registered concern about these issues, and tasked the Secretariat with developing a detailed action plan to advance risk management and internal controls.
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6. NEWS and ANALYSIS: Global Fund wrestles with concerns about grant performance and risks in the Nigeria portfolio

Although the topic was not on the official agenda of the Board meeting in Abidjan on 26-27 April, there was considerable discussion about performance and risk in the Nigeria portfolio of grants. A report on an audit of Nigeria grants by the Office of the Inspector General is expected to be released shortly.

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7. NEWS: Revised eligibility policy adopted

There is very little that is new in the “new” Eligibility Policy adopted by the Board. The Eligibility Policy” replaces the current Eligibility and Counterpart Financing Policy.

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8. NEWS: Board approves new policy on sustainability, transition, and co-financing

Responding to concerns that planning for transitioning away from Global Fund support has been inadequate, the Board has adopted a new policy on sustainability, transition and co-financing.

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9. NEWS: Policy on working in challenging operating environments adopted

Challenging operating environments account for a third of the global disease burden for HIV, TB, and malaria, and a third of Global Fund investments. The Board has adopted a policy to cover how the Fund will work in these environments. The Secretariat will develop an operational framework to implement the policy.

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10. NEWS: On KPIs, four 2015 performance targets were missed

The Global Fund has failed to meeting four 2015 key performance indicator targets and will likely miss its 2016 target on health systems strengthening. However, the other eight KPIs show strong performance. Attention is shifting to the proposed new KPI framework which will be presented to the Board shortly.

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This is issue 286 of the GLOBAL FUND OBSERVER (GFO) Newsletter. Please send all suggestions for news items, commentaries or any other feedback to David Garmaise, GFO Editor (david.garmaise@aidspan.org). To subscribe to GFO, go to www.aidspan.org.

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