Office of the Inspector General
Conduct of an FPM investigated
Ten country audits, eight diagnostic reviews planned for 2012
Global Fund audit found some misuse of funds by government PR, media report says
Replacement PRs have been nominated
Nigerian media cite preliminary findings of misuse of grant funds contained in draft OIG audit report
Final audit report has not yet been released
The Global Fund has temporarily frozen disbursements to one principal recipient (PR) in Nigeria, amidst allegations of misappropriation of funds.
The Global Fund Secretariat acknowledges that it has not done all it could have done to systematically tackle issues related to its grant-management processes raised by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). But it says that it has acted quickly and decisively whenever Global Fund monies were at risk.
Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons is a busy man. He is also very determined. He and his staff of 24 are fully booked through the end of 2010 " and he expects the same to be true next year and the year after.
According to the Global Fund'sOffice of the Inspector General (OIG):
The current grant applicationsprocess constrains the Board's ability to set policy and strategy, and to makefunding decisions that meet Global Fund objectives. This is one of the observationsin an audit report issued by the Office of the Inspector General, "TheOIG Review of the Global Fund Grant Application Process." (This is thethird of three articles in this GFO issue on the OIG report.)
A country audit in Nepal by the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has revealed some weaknesses in the management of Global Fund grants. However, the weaknesses are not as significant as those found in some other recent audits (e.g., Democratic Republic of Congo, and Philippines). A report on the Nepal audit was recently released by the OIG.
A Global Fund Board committee has concluded that reports from the Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveal a clear lack of focus by certain PRs on building the long-term capacity of national systems. The committee said that this is something that needs to be more fully addressed through the Global Fund's policies and grant oversight.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says that "marked progress" has been made in the past year in the systemic fraud case involving Global Fund and other grants in Uganda. (See Issue 113, at www.aidspan.org/gfo, for GFO's most recent coverage on this case.)