Office of the Inspector General
Third OIG audit of Global Fund grants to Ghana highlights ongoing issues in supply chain and data management
In the third audit of Global Fund grants to Ghana since 2012, the Office of the Inspector General has rated both implementation arrangements for oversight and coordination, and the systems, processes and controls on quality of services for the three diseases as needing significant improvement.
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.
OIG audits of Global Fund grants to Rwanda and Benin raise issues related to data availability and quality
In the first-ever audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Global Fund’s multicountry grants, the OIG has praised their strategic repositioning for greater impact as well as some improvements in regional coordination on specific issues.
Despite a 2016 strategic initiative to reallocate Secretariat staff for countries with smaller (Focused) portfolios to countries with larger (Core or High Impact) portfolios, and to reduce the administrative burden on Focused portfolios, “grant management processes and procedures in Focused portfolios remain largely the same” as for the larger portfolios.
Good progress has been made in implementing agreed management actions (AMAs), according to a progress report from the Secretariat and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The report was prepared for the Board meeting held on 14-15 November in Geneva.
The report presented data on the status of AMAs as of 31 August 2018. This article provides some of the report’s highlights.
In an investigation of a Global Fund HIV grant to Guinea, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that in 2015, a local NGO called SIDALERTE falsified survey data and survey costs, which misrepresented the programme’s progress.
The OIG’s investigation report was made public on 30 October 2018.
Global Fund grants achieving substantial impact while financial controls continue to improve, OIG says
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says that its work to date in 2018 has found that “the Global Fund partnership has achieved substantial results across all three diseases, with material increases in particular in the coverage of services.”
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.
The Global Fund has improved its controls, management and oversight of procurement processes at the Secretariat level, in response to issues identified in an audit of procurement and supply chain management carried out in 2015.