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.
OIG audit of public sector grants to Tanzania uncovers many of the same problems that were identified in a 2009 audit
In an audit of how public sector grants to Tanzania have been managed, the Office of the Inspector General handed out poor grades across the board. The OIG also said that many of the problems it uncovered had already been identified in an earlier audit in 2009.
Although the Implementer Group is not formally part of the governance structure of the Global Fund Board, it nevertheless plays an important role at and between Board meetings.
Special arrangements established for funding applications from four Middle East countries and territories
The Global Fund Board has waived certain requirements for processing HIV and TB funding applications from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen because of the current political context and challenging operating environments in these countries and territories. The requirements that have been waived relate to country coordinating mechanism eligibility, counterpart financing, and willingness to pay.
On 16-17 November 2015, the Global Fund Board held its 34th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.