The Global Fund has been successful at raising awareness about the importance of community, rights, and gender (CRG) and promoting the inclusion of CRG issues in country dialogues and concept notes. However, challenges remain in translating these achievements into impact in programs on the ground.
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Community, rights and gender issues have a higher profile, but challenges remain in demonstrating impact
On 26-27 April 2016, the Global Fund Board held its 35th meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. GFO was present, with observer status.
The Global Fund has failed to meet its 2015 targets on access to funding, value for money, resource mobilization, and human rights protection. The Fund is also unlikely to meet its 2016 target for health system strengthening.
This information was contained in a paper on the results of the Fund’s key performance indicator targets presented to the Board at its meting in Abidjan on 26-27 April.
“Innovative approaches to meet diverse country needs are essential to accelerate the end of the epidemic.” This is the catch phrase The Global Fund uses to describe the first objective in its new Strategy: Maximize impact against HIV, TB, and malaria.
The Global Fund Board has approved a strategy to guide the organization for the next six years.
“The Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022: Investing to End Epidemics” – is built around four strategic objectives, as follows:
The Secretariat has not yet established an effective mechanism to routinely monitor and assess The Global Fund’s performance against strategy. The current key performance indicator framework is ineffective and does not enable full understanding of the challenges posed by the Fund’s 2012-2016 strategy. Nor does it make timely corrective action possible.
On 28 January 2016, the Global Fund Board confirmed changes to its structure that were approved in principle at its meeting last November (see GFO article). On 4 March, the Board appointed chairs and vice-chairs for the reconstituted committees. The changes and appointments will come into effect on 1 May 2016.
On 16-17 November 2015, the Global Fund Board held its 34th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.
Under changes approved in principle by the Board at its meeting on 16-17 November, the mandates of two of three standing committees of the Board will change effective after the first Board meeting in 2016. No changes to the size of the committees are envisioned.
The TERG applauds the principles and directions of current strategy but identifies several areas requiring improvement
The Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016 remains as valid now as it was when it was developed in 2011 and its principles and directions should continue to guide the Fund in the coming years. This was a central conclusion of the Strategic Review 2015, carried out by the Technical Evaluation Reference Group. A report on the review was provided to the Board at its meeting on 16-17 November.