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Issue 275: 18 November 2015

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Editor’s Note: This issue is devoted exclusively to articles on issues discussed at the Global Fund Board meeting held in Geneva on 16-17 November. Upcoming issues of the GFO Newsletter will contain additional articles related to the Board meeting.


1. NEWS: Main decisions made at Board meeting

This article provides a summary of the main decisions made by the Global Fund Board at its 16-17 November 2015 meeting.


2. NEWS: Board adopts framework for new Strategy

The Global Fund is one step closer to having a new strategy for 2017-2022 following the adoption by the Board of a Strategic Framework.


3. NEWS: The TERG applauds the principles and directions of current strategy but identifies several areas requiring improvement

According to the Technical Review Evaluation Group, the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016 remains as valid now as it was when it was developed. However, in its Strategic Review 2015 paper, the TERG noted several areas where improvements were needed.


4. COMMENTARY: Losing my (Global Fund Board) virginity

We heard about how things should work in an ideal world, Alan Whiteside says, reflecting on his first Board meeting. Gender, human rights and social issues were brought up, but less than might have been expected, a clear indicator that this is a technical response to disease.


5. NEWS: Global Fund is stepping up efforts to address needs of women and girls

Executive Director Mark Dybul says that although the Global Fund has had success in providing services to women and children, and in reducing infections, the rate of infection among adolescent girls and young women remains shockingly high.


6. NEWS: Ending the epidemics is a greater challenge than achieving progress: Dybul

In his Report of the Executive Director Mark Dybul celebrated the Global Fund’s achievements but also challenged the Fund to do better.


7. NEWS: Eight key performance targets on track, five below expectation

The Global Fund may not meet its targets for five of the 13 indicators for which results are available. One of the targets it will almost certainly miss is time-to-first-disbursement for approved grants.


8. NEWS: New Board committee structure approved in principle

Under changes to the structure of its committees, approved in principle by the Board, responsibility for oversight of internal audit, including the Office of the Inspector General, would shift from the current Audit and Ethics Committee to the new Audit and Finance Committee.


9. NEWS: Operating budget and workplan for 2016 approved

The Global Fund has approved an operating budget of $305 million for 2016, up slightly from projected expenditures in 2015. The Board also approved a corporate work plan and budget narrative.


10. NEWS: Progress made in implementing AMAs, but concerns expressed about overdue AMAs

Although progress has been made on implementing agreed management actions, half of all outstanding AMAs are overdue, and their numbers are growing, according to a report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General.


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