Both watchdogs and the OIG are having trouble accessing useful and complete country-level data to track and verify grant budgeting, expenditure and results data. There are also significant obstacles keeping implementers from meeting requirements for reporting to national oversight structures. These two conclusions drove two days of strategic discussions at an Aidspan roundtable in early August drawing participants from 10 countries.
The following is a transcript of an interview of Etienne Michaud during a recent visit to attend Aidspan’s Regional Roundtable in August 2015. The interview has been condensed for clarity.
Aidspan : The OIG has no presence at country level. How are you working with country-based organizations to support your work ?
Among the recommendations of a recent report on the Representation and Participation of Key Populations on Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) in six African countries, Aidspan underlines the need to professionalize key population representatives (KPRs).
In a study published in early March, Aidspan found that participation by representatives of key affected populations in country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) in southern Africa has somewhat improved, although barriers to participation remain related to professional and technical capacity and a lack of experience in policymaking.
Georgia is planning to submit its HIV concept note on 20 April, in Window 6, and its TB note in Window 7 on 15 July. In anticipation, the country coordinating mechanism has scheduled a series of civil society and stakeholder forums for consultation, in order to identify priority areas and high-impact activities that will help the country overcome its concentrated epidemics.
A contentious election over representation by key populations on Uganda's country coordinating mechanism ended on 12 February with an amicable resolution that activists in Kampala say will help to ensure Global Fund-supported activities are more effectively targeted towards the people who need them most.
In its first update on the new funding model (NFM) for 2015, and ultimately the last stand-alone update it will provide, the Global Fund offered a look back at the roll-out of the mechanism aiming to direct the greatest resources to those countries with the highest disease burden and least ability to pay.
Country coordination mechanisms are facing challenges integrating the new requirements for performance improvement. Just four of the 84 CCMs that have completed performance assessments are fully compliant with minimum requirements. Of 80 performance improvement plans in development, only 10 are on track.
Nigeria is watching as President Goodluck Jonathan considers whether to sign a groundbreaking anti-discrimination bill that would impose harsh punishment on those who would erect barriers to access to services for the country's 3.5 million people living with HIV.