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Issue 341: 05 September 2018

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1. NEWS: Global Fund makes changes to its methodology for measuring impact and results

By: David Garmaise

The Global Fund is making some changes to how it measures and reports impact and results. For most indicators, the Fund will report annual increases instead of cumulative results. The new methodology includes an increased focus on national-level results, and some new indicators are being added. The 2017 results report, which will be released on 12 September 2018, will be based on the revised methodology.


2. NEWS: OIG releases reports on investigations into Global Fund grants in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria and Eswatini

By: Adèle Sulcas

The Office of the Inspector General has published three reports detailing its investigations into various types of misuse of funds and non-compliant expenditures within Global Fund grants in Nigeria, Eswatini, and Papua New Guinea. This article summarizes the reports, highlighting their main findings. 


3. ANALYSIS: The Global Fund explores innovative finance instruments to help unlock financial flows from private and public sources

By: Cheryl Toksoz

Aidspan is taking a deeper look at the Global Fund’s different innovative financing instruments over a series of three articles, following the Global Fund’s opening of a formal consultation process earlier this year to develop a more structured approach to innovative finance within the organization. This third article describes innovation and cost-reduction incentive mechanisms and discusses the pros and cons of instruments, such as challenge funds, advance market commitments and seed funding.  


4. NEWS: OIG investigation reveals deficiencies in Global Fund processes for procurement of HIV rapid test kits in eight countries

By: David Garmaise

In a 'proactive' investigation, the Office of the Inspector General uncovered some deficiencies in the Global Fund’s processes for procuring HIV rapid diagnostic test kits, between 2014 and early 2017, in eight countries including Georgia, South Africa and Uzbekistan. The focus of the investigation was on the Global Fund's quality assurance processes, not the Principal Recipients.


5. ANALYSIS: Kenya successfully procures health commodities without using Global Fund’s pooled procurement

By: Ann Ithibu

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is the government body authorized to procure and distribute Global Fund-supported health commodities. KEMSA obtains competitive prices compared to the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism, stock-outs of health commodities happen rarely, and orders are delivered on time. This article shows how – in some cases – a country’s independent procurement, if well managed, can work as well as the Fund’s pooled procurement.


6. RESOURCES: Missed AIDS 2018? GFO curates some of the best overviews, opinions, and resources

By: Charlie Baran

Aidspan's GFO presents a curated catalogue of some of the most useful and interesting resources and articles emanating from the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this past July. Included is web content from the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and WHO, as well as core conference resources from the International AIDS Society. Other articles and resources come from civil society, news organizations, and social media.


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