In an article in GFO 344 published on 17 October 2018, we reported on the contents of the advisory review on governance conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). We also reported on measures in the Global Fund’s Governance Action Plan which was developed in response to the advisory review.
OIG releases reports on investigations into Global Fund grants in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria and Eswatini
Between 10 July and 20 August 2018, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released reports on three different investigations into Global Fund grants in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, and the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland).
A follow-up audit of three grants to Tanzania has found that although Tanzania continues to make progress against the three diseases, quality of service issues persist, particularly in the HIV program. The audit also found that men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face major barriers accessing services.
Going into the regional consultations on country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs), the Global Fund was proposing to adopt a differentiated approach to the role and structure of CCMs. They said that instead of having one standard model for all countries, as at present, there should be several models based on country size and operational context.
The Global Fund Board has voted to amend its Bylaws to convert the non-voting seat on the Board currently reserved for a Swiss citizen residing in Switzerland to one reserved for “one representative of public donors which are currently not part of a voting donor constituency but have each pledged a contribution of as least $10 million in the current replenishment cycle.” The Board also asked the Secretariat to invite these donors to join this
Five strategic themes emerge from the OIG’s audits and investigations of Global Fund grants and processes in 2016
Five significant strategic themes emerged from the work of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2016:
The CCM Hub at the Global Fund Secretariat, in close collaboration with the USAID Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project, has developed a new standardized orientation program for country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs). The purpose of the program is to improve CCM performance by providing members with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities.
Despite efforts made the Secretariat and despite significant investments – over $800 million in the past few years – there are still major deficiencies in the Nigeria portfolio’s internal controls, affecting procurement and supply chain management, financial management, and program management.
For the second time in a month, the Office of the Inspector General has released a report of an audit into grants to a major recipient of Global Fund money that revealed serious deficiencies in the way the grants have been managed. First, it was Tanzania (see GFO article); this time, it is Uganda.