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OIG investigation of Global Fund grants to Sierra Leone finds fraud, collusion, and non-compliant procurements
Theft of funds meant for Community Health Workers' training and allowances in Sierra Leone
Second OIG audit in Madagascar reveals that program management, supply chain and financial systems need improvement
Limited health workforce, inaccessible terrain and largely rural population make access to services difficult
Inadequate oversight and lack of rules for handling expenses were contributing factors
In an investigation of Global Fund grants to Mozambique, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that the Executive Secretary of Mozambique’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) was responsible for non-compliant expenditures of $26,020 over the period of a year between 2016 and 2017, by claiming false expenses and vouchers. Of this, $22,593 was fraudulent.
Easier to find evidence of stolen drugs being sold than how they are stolen
The problem of drug theft in Malawi is widespread and pervasive, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says. “Figuring out the cause is an ongoing collaborative effort between the Malawian authorities, the Global Fund, USAID and other significant donors.”
This OIG initiative encourages implementers and the Secretariat to denounce fraud and other wrongdoing
The Global Fund’s anti-corruption initiative, the I Speak Out Now! campaign, is now into its second phase. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage grant implementers and the Secretariat to denounce fraud, abuse and human rights violations in programs financed by the Fund.
OIG investigation reveals small-scale fraud and nepotism involving a sub-recipient of a malaria grant to Cambodia
Double-billing of donors also found
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, initiated in October 2015, has found evidence of small-scale fraudulent payments of per diems as well as nepotism related to field missions billed by a sub-recipient (SR) of a malaria grant to Cambodia, the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM).
OIG investigation into a South Sudan SR uncovers more than $0.5 million in non-compliant expenditures
An investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has determined that Caritas Torit, a sub-recipient (SR) for three grants to South Sudan, exercised weak financial management and controls over the disbursement of program funds, including lack of or inadequate supporting documents, proper bookkeeping, and accounting records.
OIG investigations in 2015 show that misuse of funds occurs most often in procurement, construction and training
OIG calls for a more systematic approach to prevent misconduct
According to the Office of the Inspector General, the main source of misconduct identified this year through its investigations has been activities related to procurement. “Non-competitive tenders, fictitious invoicing and collusion between suppliers and procurement or finance managers have frequently led to fraud,” the OIG said.
This information was contained in the semi-annual progress report prepared by the OIG for the Board.
Evidence of non-competitive tenders and other improper procurement practices
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General has found evidence of non-competitive tenders and other improper procurement practices by a sub-recipient of an HIV grant to Timor-Leste totaling $152,626, a portion of which the OIG attributed to fraud, overpricing and non-delivery of items. A report on the investigation was released on 9 October.
The OIG identified non-compliant expenditures of $668,877
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General into an HIV grant to Egypt has found evidence of fraudulent practices and other procurement irregularities on the part of the principal recipient, the National AIDS Program, which compromised contracts worth $668,877.