OIG audit reveals significant weaknesses in how CCMs are managed, and how CCMs coordinate and oversee grants
The Office of the Inspector General has identified significant weaknesses in (a) the adequacy of the country coordinating mechanism model in coordinating and overseeing grants; and (b) the effectiveness of CCM policies and procedures at the Global Fund Secretariat level and at the country level.
Aidspan solicited feedback from several entities on the findings of the Office of the Inspector General in its audit on country coordinating mechanisms.
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.
The GIZ BACKUP Health initiative has extended to 31 December 2015 the deadline for applications for technical assistance from its three new program areas: country coordinating mechanisms, health systems strengthening, and grant management. The original deadline was 15 December.
Among the types of project GIZ hopes to fund are:
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.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a reform of the country coordinating mechanism is underway to make it comply with Global Fund requirements and to integrate it into a national steering committee for health, the Comité National de Pilotage du Secteur de la Santé.
Survey finds African key populations still largely excluded from decision-making, despite NFM promises
According to a new report, cornerstone principals of the new funding model, such as inclusive country dialogue and meaningful participation, have not translated in practice for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Lao civil society sector has been strengthening its engagement with the country coordinating mechanism. A Forum of Civil Society Organizations, Key Affected Populations, and People Living with the Diseases was initiated in early 2015 under the leadership of Dr Soulany Chansy, who is from the Lao Red Cross and is vice-chair of the CCM. The CCM secretariat provided support.