In a bid to survive its suddenly increased difficulties in getting adequate funding, the Global Fund Board approved an extensive and far-reaching Comprehensive Transformation Plan (CTP) at its meeting in Accra, Ghana on 20-21 November 2011. The CTP seeks to strengthen oversight, risk management and fiduciary control measures throughout the Global Fund system, especially at country level.
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Recommendations to be implemented with a goal of avoiding any increases in staffing or administration
Staff managing grants to spend considerably more time in-country
Briefing notes on how to integrate drug use initiatives in Round 11 proposals
The International Harm Reduction Network has produced briefing notes for Round 11 applicants on how to integrate initiatives related to drug use into their proposals The briefing notes, which are available in English and Russian, cover five topics:
Consolidated Transformation Plan to be developed by November 2011
Several recommendations to be implemented immediately
A High Level Panel led by former President Mogae of Botswana and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt has recommended in its report, released yesterday, that the Global Fund make some major changes in its structure and working methods.
The High Level Panel wrote a report that is full of strong, clear and blunt opinions. Some detailed excerpts are provided in Articles 3, 4 and 5 below. Some highlights from those excerpts are provided here:
Excerpts From the High Level Panel's Introductory Overview on "<i>The Global Fund in the New Economic Reality"</i>
Noble Purpose and Positive Results
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the largest and most important of what some observers have called "The New Multilaterals"...
The High Level Panel studied eight "layers" of the Global Fund system:
The High Level Panel made six broad recommendations:
Discussions continue on concerns raised by the Fund
The Global Fund has lifted the temporary freeze on disbursements for its grants to China. However, not all of the concerns raised by the Global Fund when it imposed the freeze on China's HIV grant in November 2010, and other grants in May 2011, have been resolved. Discussions are continuing.