Board Decisions - Forty-Third Board Meeting

GF/B43/EDP17

Approved by the Board on: 30 October 2020


Decision on extending the timeline for including COVID-19 products in the wambo.org pilot

The Board:

  1. Recalls GF/B43/EDP07 where it decided to extend the scope of the wambo.org pilot to allow for eligible buyers, as defined in GF/B42/DP05, to purchase all COVID-19 products available in wambo.org for procurement by Global Fund Principal Recipients and specified that such non-Global Fund financed transactions for COVID-19 products will be issued as purchase orders by wambo.org within the period ending 31 December 2020, unless extended by the Board following a recommendation by the Strategy Committee; and
  2. Based on the recommendation of the Strategy Committee (GF/SC14/DP05), the Board approves the change in the end date of such period through which non-Global Fund financed transactions for COVID-19 products may be issued as purchase orders by wambo.org to 31 May 2021 and confirms that all other conditions and flexibilities set forth in GF/B43/EDP07 shall continue to apply.

Budgetary Implications

The cost of additional licenses associated with the use of wambo.org will be absorbed within the Secretariat’s existing license packages, which currently include some unused licenses. If further licenses are needed, costs and options to cover these costs will be evaluated by the Secretariat.

Costs relating to the expansion of the product catalog to include COVID-19 products, which are already being incurred as a result of the creation of C19RM under GF/B42/EDP11, will be managed within the existing budget and will be incurred independently of this decision.

There are no other anticipated budgetary implications at this time, as new buyer onboardings and transactions will be managed by existing staff.