OIG investigation of Global Fund PR in Bangladesh reveals fraud and misuse of funds amounting to about $100,000

20 Feb 2018
The PR, the National TB Control Program, has come under scrutiny in previous OIG probes

Staff from the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) in Bangladesh falsified documents to support training-related expenditures between July 2015 and September 2016, according to an investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The NTP was principal recipient (PR) for a TB grant (BGD-T-NTP) worth $31.7 million.


Ukraine starts transition away from Global Fund support without a detailed transition plan, OIG says

6 Feb 2018
Audit gives Ukraine a mixed report card

Global Fund Board adopts new principles for procurement of LFA services

9 Jan 2018
Principles provide more flexibility regarding the timing for re-tendering LFA contracts

The Global Fund Board has adopted a set of “principles” governing the selection of LFAs (some of the principles are really policies); has delegated to the Audit and Finance Committee (AFC) the authority to modify the principles; and has delegated to the Secretariat the authority to establish the procedures for procurement of LFA services. The principles were recommended by the Secretariat and endorsed by the AFC.


OIG reports good progress in implementing Global Fund grants to Ethiopia, but several problems remain

25 Nov 2017
Audit identifies inefficiencies in grant management, absorption, quality of services, and procurement and the supply chain

Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP

7 Nov 2017
However, the country’s matching funds request was sent back for iteration

The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.


Global Fund’s platform has not achieved projected savings, nor improved lead times for orders, OIG says

7 Nov 2017
Project has also experienced delays

Although clients using express a high degree of satisfaction with the platform, the project has experienced delays, has not achieved projected savings, and has not improved lead times for orders, compared to the Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM).


Identifying and solving country-level impediments to full absorption of Global Fund money

19 Sep 2017
Roadblocks include inadequate human resource capacity, procurement difficulties and gaps is data collection and analysis

In raising concerns about the ability of countries to achieve full absorption of Global Fund grants, delegations from the African constituencies on the Global Fund Board pointed to a range of challenges they said need to be addressed, including several that consistently appear at the country level.


Global Fund is making progress in improving consultant management processes: OIG

8 Aug 2017
Use of consultants in 2016 cut almost in half compared to 2015

The Secretariat has made progress in improving consultant management processes, particularly over the last year and half. Consultant costs, as a percentage of total staff costs, have gone down from 35% in 2015 to 19% in 2016. Processes and compliance have improved. The Secretariat is aware of several outstanding weaknesses and has various ongoing initiatives to remediate them.


Global Fund’s in-country supply chain processes are ineffective: OIG

16 May 2017
Initiatives to address supply chain problems fail to get at the root causes
Fund is developing a supply chain strategy

According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in-country supply chain mechanisms are neither adequate nor effective in ensuring that the right products are delivered in the correct quantities and condition, at the right place and time, and for the best value cost.

12. Global Fund PRs may place a limited number of orders using domestic financing

4 May 2017
Pilot project approved by the Board

The Global Fund Board has agreed to allow to facilitate, on a pilot basis, 10 procurements by principal recipients (PRs) using domestic funding. Each procurement can be for multiple products.


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