OIG investigation reveals small-scale fraud and nepotism involving a sub-recipient of a malaria grant to Cambodia
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
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.
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.
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.
DECISION POINT: GF/B31/DP11
All reports on the assurance and investigation work of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be made public under a revised disclosure policy adopted by the Global Fund Board at its 31st meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This will include OIG functional reviews of processes at the Global Fund Secretariat, as well as reports on in-country audits and investigations.
OIG Investigation in Cambodia Prompts Suspension of Two Top LLIN Suppliers Over $410,712 in Kickbacks
Two suppliers responsible for nearly 50% of all long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) purchased by the Global Fund on behalf of malaria projects worldwide have been suspended following an investigation in Cambodia into widespread fraud and kickbacks paid to government officials.
The OIG says that is has uncovered “credible and substantial evidence” that two suppliers for programmes supported by Global Fund grants in Georgia worked together to steer contracts to each other, and that they were assisted in this effort by several staff members of the principal recipient (PR).
by Bernard Rivers
I was recently invited by a university in the UK to serve as a visiting fellow for most of this year while conducting research on the Global Fund. I have to raise my own funding for this project, so the only advantage of the fellowship is that it provides a label to hang round my neck. But that’s exactly what I wanted, so I accepted with thanks.