Partners & Structures

The Global Fund / John Rae

As a partnership of governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund pools the world’s resources to invest in ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Together, we can end these epidemics.

The Global Fund’s partnership approach encourages agile responses and maximum participation. Countries take the lead in determining where and how to best fight the three diseases, and partners amplify efforts to reach people affected by the diseases. Collectively, we harness the best possible experience, insights and innovation in the public and private sectors, from faster delivery of essential medicines to more effective methods to reach people most in need.


Civil society

Civil society organizations play an active role at every level of Global Fund operations, from policy development to implementation and advocacy.

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Friends of the Global Fund

Friends of the Global Fund organizations help the Global Fund develop partnerships, promote a better understanding of our mission and mobilize political and financial support.

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Government donors

Government donors contribute funding to the Global Fund and are also involved in the governance of our partnership.

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Implementing partners

Implementing partners carry out Global Fund-supported programs. Each of our partnership's grants are implemented by a Principal Recipient, which can be any type of organization, from a government ministry to a community-based organization or private sector company.

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Private and nongovernment partners

Private sector and nongovernment partners contribute funding, innovation, expertise and advocacy to the Global Fund. Partners include corporations, foundations, charities, trusts, philanthropists and nongovernment organizations.

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Technical and developmental partners

Technical agencies and development organizations are involved at every level of the Global Fund partnership, offering technical expertise, supporting resource mobilization and advocacy efforts, and monitoring and evaluating programs.

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The Global Fund / Sarah Hoibak

Partnering with Catholic Relief Services

Seven year-old Abdulrazim was diagnosed with a deadly form of malaria. Fortunately, he received treatment in time and is expected to be healthy again soon.

Malaria is endemic in almost all of Niger, with children and pregnant women being most at risk. The Global Fund supports the work of Principal Recipient Catholic Relief Services to implement the national malaria control strategy, which includes deploying medication, tests, insecticide-treated nets and seasonal malaria chemoprevention.

Partnering with the United Nations

A shipment of mosquito nets arrive at Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda.

The Global Fund works closely with developmental partners like UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to improve access to health services for refugees and other displaced communities.

The Global Fund / Jiro Ose
The Global Fund / Vincent Becker

Partnering with the private sector

Private sector chemists selling TB treatments in India are now working more closely with the public health sector by sharing patient treatment data. This helps increase case notification and adherence and is expected to have a huge impact in a country that accounted for 27% of new TB cases globally in 2017.

People and structures


Our Board sets strategy, governs the institution and approves all funding decisions. It is also responsible for assessing organizational performance, overall risk management, partner engagement, resource mobilization and advocacy. The Board includes members from donor and implementer governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, private foundations and affected communities.

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Country Coordinating Mechanism

Each implementing country establishes a national committee, or Country Coordinating Mechanism, to submit requests for funding on behalf of the entire country, and to oversee implementation once the request has become a signed grant. Country Coordinating Mechanisms include representatives of every sector involved in the response to the diseases.

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Local Fund Agent

Local Fund Agents are independent consultants who assess implementation and data. As the Global Fund does not have offices in country, Local Fund Agents serve as eyes and ears on the ground.

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Office of the Inspector General

Oversight and assurance are also provided by the Office of the Inspector General, an independent body reporting directly to the Board that works to ensure that the Global Fund invests in the most effective way possible and to reduce the risk of misused funds.

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Principal Recipient

Principal Recipients are responsible for implementing grants, including coordination of other, smaller organizations, known as sub-recipients. Principal Recipients take on the financial as well as the programmatic responsibilities of the grant.

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The staff of the Global Fund are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Global Fund, primarily managing grants. All staff are based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Technical Review Panel

An independent body of health, development and finance experts, the Technical Review Panel evaluates the technical merit of all requests for funding.

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Published 21 December 2020