Implementing partners are fundamental to the Global Fund partnership. These are the organizations that implement the programs we support through our grants. They are known as Principal Recipients.
As a financing institution, our responsibility is to support countries in their efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We provide the financing, but we rely on local expertise for the implementation. Each grant is implemented by a Principal Recipient, which can be any type of organization, from a government ministry to a community-based organization to a private sector entity.
In most cases, Principal Recipients then disburse funds to other smaller organizations who serve as sub-recipients or even sub-sub-recipients. A purpose of this is for financing to effectively cascade to smaller organizations, and for programs to be carried out to reach those populations or groups which may not be otherwise easily reached by a government.
Accountability, transparency and effectiveness are key. Principal Recipients are selected by the country’s Country Coordinating Mechanism and assessed by the Local Fund Agent in that country for their financial, managerial and programmatic capacities. Once selected, Principal Recipients sign a grant agreement with the Global Fund.
At every step of the process, recipients are expected to be able to demonstrate results and to show how the grant money has been used.
Principal Recipients are required to select sub-recipients through a national, open and transparent process, and are expected to assess the capacity of these organizations to be able to carry out the work and to meet the required standards of accountability and transparency.