According to a new report, cornerstone principals of the new funding model, such as inclusive country dialogue and meaningful participation, have not translated in practice for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Survey finds African key populations still largely excluded from decision-making, despite NFM promises
Vietnam inaugurated its first non-governmental principal recipient with the signing of its HIV grant in September 2015. A voluntary umbrella organization of non-governmental or semi-autonomous organizations operating in various science and technology fields, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) was appointed PR after serving four years serving as sub-recipient under the Vietnam Authority on AIDS Control.
Interested parties will now be able to report alleged human rights violations or infringements occurring in programs or activities supported by the Global Fund using a new complaints mechanism launched by the Global Fund on 27 April.
Reports on audits of grants in Rwanda and Ecuador were released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the end of December.
All four principal recipients (PRs) implementing Rounds 1 and 4 Global Fund grants in Zambia, two of them government and two NGO, have shown evidence of significant financial management and control weaknesses, episodes of misappropriation and fraud, and losses of grant funds. This is the overarching finding of an audit conducted in 2009 by the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
An audit report on Haiti, recently released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), has revealed significant issues with the performance of the Société Générale Haitienne de Banque (also known as Fondation Sogebank), a non-profit foundation which has served as the principal recipient (PR) for all but one of the Global Fund grants in Haiti.
All four principal recipients (PRs) in Cambodia established separate structures parallel to national ones to manage procurement and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) functions within Global Fund grants. The creation of parallel structures goes against the intention of core Global Fund principles that call for the use and strengthening of national systems.
There are (or were) a number of significant deficiencies in the financial management control framework of Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) principal recipients (PRs) and sub-recipients (SRs). This is the main conclusion of an audit conducted by the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2009 on six Global Fund grants in Cameroon.
There are a number of deficiencies in the financial management of sub-recipients (SRs) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the principal recipient (PR) for all of the Rounds 2-7 grants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
An audit conducted on the implementation of Global Fund grants in the Philippines documents numerous systems weaknesses, accounting irregularities and unauthorised expenditures on the part of one principal recipient (PR), the Tropical Diseases Foundation (TDF).