Office of the Inspector General

OIG Review of Resources for Global Fund Board Implementer Constituencies

15 January 2016

On the Global Fund Board, ten constituencies represent those that receive and implement Global Fund grants. Currently, each constituency has access to a budget of US$ 100,000 (increased in 2014 from US$ 80,000) available for communication, meetings, travel, and staffing connected to Board activities. As requested by the Board Leadership, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assessed whether these resources were adequate. While the OIG concluded at the time of the review that the budget was fit for purpose, it recommends moving to a needs-based approach in the future. The OIG also recommends reviewing the total allowance on an annual basis as part of the regular operating expenses approval process.

In this advisory work, the Office of the Inspector General reviewed both the financial and non-financial support (e.g. training, conference services, translation, logistics) available to implementers as well as the relevant Global Fund policies and procedures. The OIG auditors interviewed all ten implementer constituencies from the the Board, as well as a selection of donors and Global Fund staff, examined all applicable documents including relevant transactions recorded in the general ledger of the Global Fund operating expense budget for 2013 and 2014.

Following its review, the OIG makes the following recommendations:

  • The Global Fund should consider moving to a needs-based approach.
  • Based on the needs expressed and a longer term strategy to optimize implementer engagement, the Head of Board Affairs should develop a constituency funding work plan.
  • The total envelope allocated to constituency funding should be reviewed on an annual basis as part of the operating expense approval process. This review should be based on a costed work plan prepared by the Office of Board Affairs, based on needs identified.
  • The Office of Board Affairs should coordinate service provision to constituencies, including provision of translated materials, where needs arise, and training on Global Fund governance and operational matters.
  • Expenditures made using constituency funding should be verified by the Global Fund on a sample basis, a review that is not currently performed.

After benchmarking implementer resources with UNITAID and the GAVI alliance, the OIG concluded that the sums allocated for operational purposes were in line with peer organizations.

  • Review of the adequacy of the resources available to implementer constituencies of the Global Fund Board (GF-OIG-15-13 - 11 September 2015)
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