The Report of the High-Level Independent Review Panel that the Global Fund released on 19 September is anything but dull. It is easily the most high-profile and frank review that has ever been conducted of the Global Fund.
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In general, the report of the High-Level Independent Review Panel (HLP) was well received by people and organisations that commented publicly. However, concerns were expressed about some of the Panel's recommendations. This article provides a summary of the reaction. Links have been provided to the full texts.
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
The Global Fund Board has formed a working group to examine options for changes to the application, renewal and approval processes for new and existing investments.
Consolidated Transformation Plan to be developed by November 2011
Several recommendations to be implemented immediately
GFO is planning a lengthy Commentary on the High-Level Panel report, its recommendations, and the response by the Global Fund to those recommendations.
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
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The High Level Panel studied eight "layers" of the Global Fund system:
The High Level Panel made six broad recommendations: