11 December 2014
Good governance at the Global Fund is crucial to accelerate the end of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The objective of this Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report, issued in June 2014, was to advise the Board on how to become more effective and efficient in driving the Global Fund forward.
Overall, the OIG found no major concerns as regards the Board’s role in fulfilling three of its core functions: strategy development, the commitment of financial resources, partnership engagement, resource mobilization & advocacy. There are concerns, however, some significant, in relation to the Board’s other core functions, namely, governance oversight, risk management and assessment of performance. The focus of the OIG report is therefore in these areas.
The OIG’s findings built on previous evaluations and went deeper through an extensive analysis of relevant documents, industry standards, good practices, benchmarking against comparable organizations and interviews with Board members.
The final report is presented in four parts. Part one summarizes the approach and the high-level observations across the six core governance functions; part two goes into more detailed observations supported by evidence; part three presents the options for the future and finally part four details the results of a survey on those options.
In the survey, the OIG polled key governance stakeholders and obtained an 86% participation rate, with 25 out of 28 Board members responding. The option to publish the OIG report, in the interests of transparency and accountability, received over 75% of votes from Board members.
The OIG report was one of the main sources of material for the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Governance which presented its conclusions at the Thirty-Second Board Meeting in November 2014.
The Office of the Inspector General works to ensure that the Global Fund invests the world’s money in the most effective way possible in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Through audits, investigations, oversight and consultancy work, it makes objective and transparent recommendations to promote good practice, reduce risk and condemn abuse.
Established in 2005, the Office of the Inspector General is an independent yet integral part of the Global Fund. It is accountable to the Board through its Audit and Ethics Committee and serves the interests of all Global Fund stakeholders. Its work conforms to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations of the Conference of International Investigators.
The Office of the Inspector General believes that every dollar counts and has zero tolerance for fraud, corruption and waste. Through its whistle-blowing channels, the Office of the Inspector General encourages all to come forward to point out any irregularities that prevent Global Fund resources from reaching those who need them.