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Global Fund Observer


Issue 337: 13 June 2018

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1. NEWS: OIG annual report says governments and partners are key to enabling the Global Fund to address quality of service issues

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund has made considerable progress in many areas, the Office of the Inspector General says in its 2017 annual report, and has reached a point where many of the remaining challenges are beyond the ability of the Fund, acting alone, to resolve. Supply chain issues and quality of services top the list of challenges.


2. NEWS: Gavi and the Global Fund: Collaborating for impact and efficiency

By: David Garmaise

Now that the respective headquarters of Gavi and the Global Fund will be located together in the Global Health Campus in Geneva, cooperation between the two organizations will intensify. There has already been considerable collaboration between the two organizations. Donors are supportive of joint activities among global health funds.


3. NEWS: Global Fund makes steady progress on Human Rights and Gender Equity, amid implementation challenges

By: Kataisee Richardson

A report presented at the 39th Board meeting on 9-10 May 2018, in Skopje, Macedonia, provided an update on the implementation of activities under the objectives and sub-objectives of the Global Fund’s 2017-2022 Strategy. In this article, we provide a general overview of progress to date and specific examples related to Strategic Objective 3: “Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality”. 


4. NEWS: Currency fluctuations: How the Global Fund and PRs manage risk

By: Charlie Baran

Currency fluctuations are a major concern for Global Fund stakeholders, particularly recipient countries whose domestic currency can experience significant shifts over relatively short periods of time. The strength of both the US dollar and the Euro in recent years has further exacerbated this issue for many countries. However, a significant portion of Global Fund grant monies are managed in ways that limit their vulnerability to such local shifts, thereby protecting grants from major losses due to unfavorable foreign exchange rates.


5. NEWS: Civil society organizations gather in Ghana to increase engagement in Global Fund programs

By: Kataisee Richardson

A two-day meeting attended by civil society and community advocates, the Global Fund, technical partners and state representatives has equipped participants to more meaningfully engage in the implementation of Global Fund grants in the African region. 


6. ANNOUNCEMENT: Adèle Sulcas appointed Acting Editor of Aidspan

By: Aidspan staff

Adèle Sulcas joined Aidspan as Acting Editor on 7 June 2018. She will be responsible for editing the Global Fund Observer.


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