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Global Fund News Flash
The Global Fund does not have a country-level presence outside of its offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Instead, it hires Local Fund Agents to oversee, verify and report on grant performance. Local Fund Agents are selected through a
competitive bidding process.
The Global Fund normally has one
Local Fund Agent in each country
The role of the Local Fund Agent is described in a comprehensive reference guide, the LFA Manual.
The Global Fund follows the principles of performance-based funding in making funding decisions. The aim is to ensure that investments are made only where grant funding is managed and spent effectively on programs that achieve impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Global Fund funding is disbursed to the implementers incrementally throughout the grant's lifespan, and each disbursement is based on performance. Local Fund Agents play an important role in verifying the performance of grant-funded programs each time recipients report results.
The Local Fund Agent works closely with the Global Fund and in particular with the relevant Fund Portfolio Manager and the Country Team to provide the following services:
The Local Fund Agent is an important part of the Global Fund's fiduciary arrangements. However, it is not an "agent" in the true sense of the word and is not empowered to represent the Global Fund's views or make decisions regarding grants.
The Local Fund Agent is also not permitted to undertake a number of activities with respect to any grants that it oversees. For example, the Local Fund Agent:
The Global Fund usually contracts one Local Fund Agent for each country where grants are being implemented. LFAs are selected through a competitive process.
A Request for Proposal is used to select the Local Fund Agent for a given country. In certain exceptional circumstances, an interim Local Fund Agent may be appointed without a formal Request for Proposal, but this is usually for a short defined period of time. The final appointment is processed through a Request for Proposal.
The following circumstances, among other factors, may serve as a trigger for re-tendering a Local Fund Agent for a country:
Each Local Fund Agent firm holds a Framework Contract which is usually signed for a period of four years. The Global Fund and the Local Fund Agent enter into an agreement for Local Fund Agent Services on a per-country basis, annually, by agreeing on a Work Plan for that country.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Local Fund Agents
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LFAs in countries
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