GLOBAL FUND GRANTS PERFORMING WELL - STATEMENT BY UNDPOct 27, 2015
Following recent media reports citing failings in projects funded through the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM), UNDP confirms that it welcomes the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)’s audit report. Global Fund OIG audits are a standard grants management practice and provide valuable inputs for improving grants’ effectiveness.
The audit report covers all Global Fund operations in South Sudan. On behalf of the Government of South Sudan, UNDP acts as the Principal Recipient (PR) for grants related to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. It does not act as the PR for Malaria grants.
A number of the shortcomings raised in the report of the OIG are directly caused by the impact of the conflict and the increasingly difficult budgetary situation.
In addition, all Global Fund grant decisions are taken under the guidance of a well-functioning Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), which is chaired by the Government with representation of all stakeholders including civil society and the private sector. Similarly, all decisions related to construction of GFATM funded facilities, including design and location, are approved by the CCM and the GFATM, with technical support from relevant Government ministries.
In general, the GFATM grants in South Sudan are doing well, with an average A2 rating, meaning performance is in the 92-100 percent category. Through the Global Fund grants, many life-saving interventions have been undertaken and continue to be a priority, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis prevention and treatment.
Notable achievements under the Global Fund Grants include the construction of Juba School of Nursing dormitory and Wau Midwifery School dormitory providing accommodation for 91 and 35 students, respectively; 13 ante-natal clinics across various states; four maternity wards; four monitoring and evaluation offices; two community resource centers and six laboratories that are all functional and providing the intended services. In addition, UNDP, with the Ministry of Health, manages the supply chain for all HIV/AIDS and TB drugs in the country, and is supporting the provision of diagnostic and treatment services in over 86 TB facilities and 18 HIV treatment centers.
Looking forward, the country team and the PR have put mechanisms in place to address the issues noted with Phase I constructions. This includes changes of design, stricter criteria for selection of sites, improvement in supervision arrangements with recruitment of additional civil engineers and involvement of the Local Fund Agent to oversee civil works. Moreover, the Peace Agreement now in place holds the promise of significantly improved utilization of GF-supported assets in the future.
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