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Transparency and streamlined accountability: what watchdogs, grant implementers and OIG want

19 Aug 2015
Aidspan hosts regional round table on Global Fund grants management, implementation and results tracking within recipient countries

Both watchdogs and the OIG are having trouble accessing useful and complete country-level data to track and verify grant budgeting, expenditure and results data. There are also significant obstacles keeping implementers from meeting requirements for reporting to national oversight structures. These two conclusions drove two days of strategic discussions at an Aidspan roundtable in early August drawing participants from 10 countries.

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An ever-greater number of watchdogs are becoming Global Fund recipients

18 Aug 2015
The profusion raises the question of how to manage conflicts of interest

“Our mission has always been to watch the GF. It never crossed our mind that we would be PR. We wanted to keep the GF on its toes. Once you are hungry and somebody waves a plate of food who are you not to take a bite?” said Felix Mwanza, a representative from Zambia’s TALC: a group that advocates for better access to health services on behalf of people living with HIV.

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Creating links between the OIG and local watchdogs

17 Aug 2015
In identifying fraud, watchdogs are playing a vital role in ensuring transparency and accountability

The following is a transcript of an interview of Etienne Michaud during a recent visit to attend Aidspan’s Regional Roundtable in August 2015. The interview has been condensed for clarity.

Aidspan : The OIG has no presence at country level. How are you working with country-based organizations to support your work ?

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Watchdog uncovers reasons for ARV stock-outs in Tanzania

20 Jul 2015
Poor implementation of the Global Fund’s pooled procurement; weak communication and coordination by national agencies cause ARV stock-outs

Tanzanian NGO Sikika has uncovered the cause of shortages and stockouts of ARVs over 2014, which led to some patients receiving fewer supplies and others having their treatment regimens and medicine brands changed, prompting some patients to experience new side effects.

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At Financing for Development conference, the outlines of a plan to fund the post-2015 development agenda

17 Jul 2015
Outcomes of meeting should offer insight into donor postures ahead of Global Fund’s own replenishment campaign in mid-2016

A high-level meeting of global stakeholders took place 13-16 July in Addis Ababa to develop a strategy to finance the post-2015 sustainable development goals, against a backdrop of donor fatigue, the enduring global financial crisis and a growing insistence on improved domestic financing for development issues.

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The call to radically change the face of TB in the new Global TB strategy

10 Jul 2015
New targets require a new approach, Asia Pacific stakeholders say

Radical change in the approach to TB prevention, diagnosis and case management is needed if new global targets are to be achieved, participants in a 23 June consultation hosted by the Stop TB Partnership said.

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The Global Fund that we want: civil society speaks on the need for stronger community-based interventions

10 Jul 2015
Participants emphasize need for stakeholders to come together as equals

More than 120 people gathered on 23-24 June in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific partnership forum: the second of its kind convened by the Global Fund to solicit voices from civil society and a range of stakeholders to feed into strategy development for the 2017-2021 period.

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Global input sought in development of strategic plan to stop TB

18 Jun 2015
The online consultation follows a similar effort launched to solicit greater input into the global HIV strategy

Stakeholders from around the world are being encouraged to add their voices, lessons learned and challenges to a global consultation carried out virtually by the Stop TB Partnership to inform the development of its strategic plan for 2016-2020.

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Aidspan launches its open data platform

16 Jun 2015
The Aidspan Portal Workbench is a web tool that will be useful to all persons interested in Global Fund grant data

Aidspan has made public its data platform, the Aidspan Portal Workbench (APW). The APW is a flexible and powerful web-based application which retrieves grant portfolio data from the web services provided by the Global Fund and then makes the data available in a user-friendly way. Instructions on how to access the APW are provided at the end of this article.

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Global Fund announces plans to make some concept note attachments public

16 Jun 2015
Decision follows request from Aidspan to increase access to documents related to concept notes and the ensuing grants

The Global Fund has agreed to release three documents related to concept notes that were not previously made public. The documents are the modular template attachment; the financial gap analysis and counterpart financing attachment; and the programmatic gap attachment.

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