OIG investigation in Democratic Republic of Congo finds tender manipulation and overpricing in malaria grant
Senior managers appointed by the Population Services International (PSI), the Principal Recipient (PR) for the Global Fund’s malaria grant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were responsible for tender manipulation leading to “systemic and significant overpricing” of contracts for transportation, warehousing and customs clearance, resulting in an estimated loss to the Global Fund of $7,386,066.
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.
OIG annual report says governments and partners are key to enabling the Global Fund to address quality of service issues
“There is often an asymmetry between the high level of accountability for impact that the Global Fund is generally held to and the sometimes low level of control that the organization has on many of the factors that drive such impact.”
Until the Global Fund defines its risk appetite, it can’t know what level of assurance is required: OIG audit
“The work on defining risk appetite is in its early stage and until [it is] sufficiently advanced, there is limited guidance on the required level of assurance.” This is one of main conclusions of an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of in-country assurance.
OIG audit of two Global Fund grants to Guinea finds significant weaknesses in supply chain management
Although Guinea has made significant progress in the fight against the three diseases, despite a challenging operating environment, there are significant weaknesses in supply chain management and there are areas related to managing grant implementation that require improvement. These were the findings of an audit of Global Fund grants to Guinea conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
While the Secretariat has improved its IT controls since the last IT audit conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2015, significant improvements are required in two areas: (a) designing a cloud computing strategy; and (b) managing the risks associated with cloud computing.
In its annual report, prepared for the Board meeting on 3-4 May 2017, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said that the Global Fund is making “significant progress” in managing risks (see GFO article).
OIG sees improvement in the Global Fund’s grant-making processes, but identifies delays in implementing system enhancements
The Office of the Inspector General’s second audit in three years of the Global Fund’s grant-making processes has found that many of the risks identified in the original audit have been addressed. However, the OIG said, implementation of systems enhancements has been delayed, which may affect the ability of the Fund to sign grants on time.
In its annual report for 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said that although significant gaps remain, distinct progress is being made across the six key areas of the risk architecture (see figure below).
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: