Technical Evaluation Reference Group

2017 Strategic Review

The Global Fund Board approved the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016 in 2011. In 2015, the Technical Evaluation Reference Group brought together review components of the strategy to independently assess the Global Fund’s work. The results of this Strategic Review 2015, along with other Technical Evaluation Reference Group evaluations, informed the development of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022.

The group decided to conduct a smaller scope Strategic Review 2017 as a follow-up on to the Strategic Review 2015 to:

  • Assess progress specifically made during the final two years of the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016
  • Analyze as to how lessons learned are contributing to the readiness of the Global Fund in implementing its 2017-2022 strategy

The review started in December 2016 and ended in June 2017.

Objective 1

The strategic review aims to examine and analyze the Global Fund’s responses to the Strategic Review 2015 and other Technical Evaluation Reference Group thematic review recommendations, and the changes and implementation during the final two years of the 2012-2016 strategy, paying specific attention to:

  • Addressing issues of differentiation in grant application procedures and implementation arrangements
  • Addressing issues of national ownership through greater responsiveness by the Secretariat to national contexts and concerns
  • Facilitating preparation for sustainability and transition from Global Fund financing through strengthening focus on health systems and community systems and governance
  • Strengthening Global Fund market-shaping strategies, tendering processes and data management systems for program sustainability
  • How the Global Fund has seized opportunities to advance human rights and gender equality, including by pursuing efforts to increase investments in human rights and gender sensitive interventions

Objective 2

The review aims to analyze how lessons learned are contributing to the readiness of the Global Fund to implement its 2017-2022 strategy; to provide recommendations to facilitate strategy implementation; and to identify areas for further examination by the Technical Evaluation Reference Group, looking in particular at:

  • How Global Fund and partners are addressing problems of weak surveillance, vital registration, routine data, data quality, and program quality in countries
  • The degree to which Global Fund country teams have begun to analyze how Global Fund could influence positive health system changes, especially monitoring and evaluation, finance and procurement, supply chain and human resources for health, in countries, with an emphasis on resilience and sustainability
  • How the Global Fund and partners are examining the linkage between investments and disease/broader impact in countries
  • How adjusting access to funding (grant application) procedures to reduce country transaction costs (including strengthening and use of national strategic plans) and responding to different contexts/grant performance
  • The degree to which and how the Global Fund’s efforts are translating into rights focused, gender sensitive programming within countries

Methods and approach

The evaluation team conducted:

  • A document review
  • Key informant interviews
  • Country case studies

The final report is to be submitted and discussed at the Technical Evaluation Reference Group meeting, the Board's Strategy Committee and the Board. Recommendations will also be provided to the Global Fund Secretariat.