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The Global Fund Board discusses the process of development of the strategy post-2022. The Board approved the suggestion to postpone the partnership forums to the first quarter of 2021 in the hopes that in-person meetings could take place then. Virtual consultations of stakeholders will commence after this Board...

15 May 2020
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The Global Fund Board held its 43rd Board meeting virtually, via video conference link, on 14-15 May 2020. This article gives an overview of the main decisions made by the Global Fund at the meeting and by electronic voting prior to the meeting. The Board meeting was shorter than usual and included a focus on the ongoing measures taken or planned for the COVID-19 response, as well as a first exchange on the Global Fund’s next strategy, and the upcoming Inspector General selection process.

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The Global Fund Board discusses the process of development of the strategy post-2022. The Board approved the suggestion to postpone the partnership forums to the first quarter of 2021 in the hopes that in-person meetings could take place then. Virtual consultations of stakeholders will commence after this Board meeting.

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At the Global Fund’s 43rd Board meeting, the Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands delivered his fourth report to the Board. He highlighted the influence of the COVID-19 crisis on the Global Fund grant implementation and the Global Fund response.

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The Global Fund’s Secretariat describes efforts to keep the staff safe while continuing to provide HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Inspector General Mouhamadou Diagne, in his annual report to the Global Fund’s 43rd Board Meeting, commended the Global Fund for its significant programmatic impact and improvements in the overall control of the environment and risk management processes. However, the Inspector General called for increased attention to gaps in HIV prevention, data quality challenges, defaults on domestic commitments for health, weak grant implementation arrangements and a dynamic fraud landscape. He also highlighted the disruptive effect of COVID-19 on the OIG 2020 work plan.

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The Global Fund reported slow progress in the implementation of agreed management actions. Unfortunately, the number of open and overdue agreed management actions rose in 2019, after an all-time low number in 2017 and 2018. COVID-19 is partly to blame as the Global Fund prioritizes critical activities such as grantmaking, continuity planning and the COVID-19 response.

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The Global Fund is on track to meet most of its key performance indicators for 2017–2019, according to the end-2019 Strategic Performance Report presented to the Board on 14-15 May. The organization is generally performing well on alignment to country needs, the mobilization and utilization of resources, and implementation of its domestic co-financing policy. However, the Global Fund is underperforming on reducing the number of new infections, on absorption of funds, and on the coverage of the health management information systems. Also, it is underperforming on programs for key population and human rights in middle-income countries, and the availability and affordability of health technologies.

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The outgoing Inspector General reflected on his experiences and results at the organization. He highlighted the role of the OIG in helping to improve the quality of risk management processes, controls, and governance in the Global Fund. He also spoke about his biggest challenges, including the lack of “a strong culture of learning and accountability” in the organization.

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The sixth annual report on Community, Rights and Gender to the Global Fund Board was finalized before the Global Fund’s latest set of COVID-19 related measures and guidance notes were published. This report, presented to the Board’s 43rd meeting, asks for the Board’s input regarding COVID-19, and presents a snapshot of what the Fund has achieved in the areas of human rights, community-, and gender-related barriers to access. One highlighted issue is the need for a stronger differentiation between community-based and community-led responses to issues relating to key populations.

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