USAID’s Grant Management Solutions project (GMS), a major provider of Global Fund–related technical assistance (TA) is ending in September. The purpose of GMS is to improve the functioning of Global Fund grants – primarily through urgent, short-term TA – and thereby increase the effectiveness and efficiency of prevention, care and treatment interventions for HIV, TB and malaria.
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Five AMAs to address the findings of an OIG audit into the Global Fund’s management of grants in high-risk environments
The Office of the Inspector General says that its analysis shows that The Global Fund has demonstrated a steady and progressive improvement in organizational maturity over time, and that the work done in 2015 confirms that positive trajectory.
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:
The Global Fund Board has approved an operating budget of $305 million for 2016, which includes $16.3 million for the Office of the Inspector General. This compares to actual expenditures of $286 million in 2014 and projected expenditures of $296 million for 2015.
OIG investigation uncovers evidence of collusion, fraud and corruption in procurement activities in Kazakhstan
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into procurement in HIV and TB grants to Kazakhstan found evidence of systematic collusion, fraud and corruption by local vendors and other parties that compromised 76 contracts worth $16.5 million. Separately, similar problems on a smaller scale were uncovered in Yemen.
Since its inception, the Global Fund has played an increasingly significant role in providing funding for TB control programs in Fund- eligible countries. By 2012, this contribution made up 80% of all international spending on TB.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP05
The Global Fund Board approved an ‘amended and restated’ comprehensive funding policy (CFP) during its 31st Board meeting on 6-7 March in Jakarta. The decision was based on recommendations from the Finance and Operational Performance Committee (FOPC), which called the new CFP the “most important document” being voted on during the meeting.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP12
The Global Fund has approved a new policy covering all grant extensions, replacing a patchwork of 10 different policies created by past Board decisions.
In 2002, the new Global Fund was a world leader in aid transparency. It had committed to publish a volume and level of technical details on its grants that was unprecedented in international development.