As the Global Fund approaches the replenishment of funds for the next implementation period, 2020 to 2022, the question of how well Global Fund grant funds are absorbed has become prominent. It is a topic, among others, in recent reports by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the Secretariat and civil society organizations.
Despite a 2016 strategic initiative to reallocate Secretariat staff for countries with smaller (Focused) portfolios to countries with larger (Core or High Impact) portfolios, and to reduce the administrative burden on Focused portfolios, “grant management processes and procedures in Focused portfolios remain largely the same” as for the larger portfolios.
The Global Fund seeks the right balance between risk mitigation and grant implementation in Mali malaria grant
When it recommended a Mali malaria grant for approval recently, the Global Fund’s Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) acknowledged that there are implementation challenges associated with this grant and said that it welcomed the Secretariat’s plans “to identify bottlenecks, and holistically review and harmonize the controls in place with the aim of balancing risk mitigation and effective grant implementation.”
OIG audit praises Kenya’s procurement and supply chain processes, identifies implementation challenges
Kenya has made significant progress against HIV, TB and malaria. This is partly due to the country’s ability to successfully procure Global Fund-supported health products, despite not using the Global Fund Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM). The country also ensures that health products are available to health facilities as needed.
Independent research in Eastern and Southern Africa identifies opportunities to improve effectiveness of Global Fund processes
Guinea, a West African country of about 12 million people, faces several serious challenges in implementing its Global Fund grants. Some challenges have been related to the country’s political and epidemiological contexts. Others are related to the implementation of some Global Fund policies in the country.
The Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism evolution project prepares consultants at Casablanca workshop
The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) hub of the Global Fund Secretariat organized a workshop in Casablanca, Morocco, from September 17 to 21, 2018, aimed to orient consultants who have been selected to support the 18 countries included in the pilot phase of the Global Fund’s CCM evolution project.
OIG reports good progress in implementing Global Fund grants to Ethiopia, but several problems remain