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OIG releases first “annual opinion” on the Global Fund Secretariat

1 Apr 2015
Says organizational maturity has improved, but further enhancements are required

There have been progressive improvements in “organizational maturity” since the Global Fund began its transformation process in 2012, but the Fund still has some distance to travel, according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Global Fund will seek reimbursement from Nigeria's national AIDS agency following contract violations found by OIG

25 Feb 2015

The Global Fund will seek the reimbursement of some $786,000 that was improperly spent by the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on a 2011-2013 project to renovate medical stores.

The irregularities were revealed in a report by the Office of the Inspector General on 20 February, released in response to a review request by the Global Fund in May 2013.

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OIG investigation uncovers evidence of collusion, fraud and corruption in procurement activities in Kazakhstan

2 Feb 2015
Contracts worth $16.5 million were compromised; OIG recommends that at least $5.4 million in over-payments be recovered

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into procurement in HIV and TB grants to Kazakhstan found evidence of systematic collusion, fraud and corruption by local vendors and other parties that compromised 76 contracts worth $16.5 million. Separately, similar problems on a smaller scale were uncovered in Yemen.

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OIG audit in Guinea-Bissau questions whether PBF is possible where performance data are not reliable

14 Oct 2014
Investigations in Mali and Ghana uncover some misuse of grant funds

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says that its recent audit of grants to Guinea-Bissau raises questions about the suitability of performance-based funding in countries where performance data are not reliable.

“The expectations for reporting, management and oversight placed on fragile states by the Global Fund have not been realistic,” the OIG said.

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Global Fund to recover funds misused in Papua New Guinea

2 Apr 2014
The Fund has invoked its Additional Safeguard Policy (ASP) to mitigate further risks to its grants

The Global Fund will seek to recover some US$1.3 million in misused funds following an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General into financial mismanagement by the government principal recipient, the National Department of Health.

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OIG identifies irregularities in the implementation of HIV grants to Kazakhstan

20 Jan 2014
PR has promised to reimburse the amount involved, $105,227

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into three HIV grants in Kazakhstan administered by the principal recipient, the Republican Center for Prophylactics and Control of AIDS (RCAIDS), has found evidence of attempted misappropriation, misuse of grant funds, misrepresentation and anti-competitive and collusive practices.

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OIG Investigation in Georgia Reveals That Two Suppliers Conspired to Obtain Contracts

15 Jun 2013
Suppliers were assisted by the PR, OIG says
PR denies the allegations

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).

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Global Fund Board Decides Not to Approve Funding for Phase 2 of Guinea-Bissau HSS Grant

4 Jun 2013
Little impact, poor value for money among the reasons cited

The Global Fund Board will not approve funding for Phase 2 of a Round 8 health systems strengthening (HSS) grant in Guinea-Bissau. The Board’s No-Go decision follows notice of an intent to recommend a No-Go for this grant provided by the Global Fund Secretariat in October 2012 (see GFO article).

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OIG Rates Management of Grants in Republic of Congo As “Not Satisfactory”

3 Jun 2013
Expenditures of $3.7 million not adequately supported, OIG says

The management and implementation of Global Fund grants in the Republic of the Congo is “not satisfactory.” This is the main conclusion of an audit of five grants to the Republic of Congo undertaken by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Fund Reverses Demand that Former Philippines PR Repay $1.77 Million

21 Nov 2012
Tropical Disease Foundation had five grants terminated in 2009
TDF may implement grants in future

The Global Fund has reversed a demand that it imposed three years ago that the Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF), a principal recipient (PR) in the Philippines, repay the Fund $1.77 million of grant money.

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