A new publication from Aidspan reviews a published academic study on the factors influencing the performance of Global Fund-supported tuberculosis (TB) grants. The review was written for Aidspan by Dr David McCoy.
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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.
In the first eight months of 2010, 13 countries went through a grant consolidation process, a feature of the Global Fund's new grant architecture. In the process, 38 grants were consolidated into 19, and single-stream-of-funding agreements were signed for these 19 grants. The Global Fund estimates that this will result, on average, in a reduction of 50% in transaction costs for implementers.
The Global Fund has issued a new Operational Guide targeted primary at implementers of Global Fund grants. Entitled "Operational Guide: The Key to Global Fund Policies and Processes," the 118-page document is available (in English) at www.theglobalfund.org/en/policies. French- and Spanish-language translations are underway.
Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons is a busy man. He is also very determined. He and his staff of 24 are fully booked through the end of 2010 " and he expects the same to be true next year and the year after.
Aidspan has released a seven-page question and answer sheet (Q&A) on "Grant Consolidation and the Single Stream of Funding." The purpose of the Q&A is to provide a basic understanding of the concepts of grant consolidation and the single stream of funding, and of how Global Fund applicants and implementers will be affected.
The Global Fund is supporting programmes that address HIV-related human rights issues; however, countries do not appear to be using this opportunity to establish and scale up all of the programmes needed to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase access to justice in national responses to HIV.
The Global Fund has released a publication containing "up close and personal" short stories about how programmes supported by the Global Fund have saved and improved lives.
"Stories of Innovation and Impact - The Global Fund 2010," a 28-page document, has 12 stories in all, from Ethiopia, Georgia, Jordan, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand and Zambia.
Despite the fact that many agencies are providing technical assistance (TA) in the region, countries in South-East Asia face a wide range of significant challenges in applying for and implementing Global Fund grants. Some of the challenges originate from Global Fund processes and systems. Others are specific to individual countries.