Leveraging knowledge in managing Global Fund grants
As part of its work with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, UNDP has launched a country-to-country support mechanism—under which an expert from one country travels to another receiving its first Global Fund grant to support key implementation processes such as financing, procurement, and monitoring.
Support continues at key phases in the grant life cycle, including periodic reviews, grant consolidation, and closure.
“This initiative is very helpful for programme countries because these exchanges happen between countries facing similar challenges and requiring similar solutions. Governments that receive support in this way can learn from each other.” Cihan Sultanoglu, Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia, said.
- UNDP currently serves as the interim Principal Recipient in 29 countries facing capacity constraints, complex emergencies, poor governance environments, political upheaval, or donor sanctions.
- Eighty-four percent of the grants managed by UNDP are currently rated A or B1 by the Global Fund.
Since the start of the initiative in 2010, 23 such exchanges have occurred— leveraging UNDP's unique organizational learning strategy and aiming to build national capacity to manage Global Fund grants.
“We initially piloted this initiative in the Europe and Central Asia region, and because of its success we are now implementing it in other regions,” Tracey Burton, Senior Policy Advisor for the UNDP-Global Fund Partnership, said. UNDP Belarus and UNDP Kyrgyzstan have provided support to the UNDP Maldives office, UNDP Haiti has supported Turkmenistan, and UNDP Zambia has assisted Sao Tome & Principe.
“We gradually build up the capacities of our national counterparts to actually take on grant implementation so that they can do it for themselves,” said Anita Nirody, Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative at UNDP Uzbekistan.
“It’s about ownership of this process by the government and the people of the country, and it is about sustainability to ensure that, beyond grant implementation, the government has the capacities, methodologies, tools, and experience to take on this exercise by itself.”
UNDP has partnered with the Global Fund since 2003 to support implementation of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria programmes in low- and middle-income countries, facilitating access to essential resources by countries that face constraints in directly receiving or managing such funding.
UNDP currently serves as the interim Principal Recipient in 29 countries facing capacity constraints, complex emergencies, poor governance environments, political upheaval, or donor sanctions.
It does so only upon request by the Global Fund and/or the Country Coordinating Mechanism and when no national entity is able to assume the role. While these are all high-risk environments, 84 percent of the grants managed by UNDP are currently rated A or B1 by the Global Fund.
Working together, UNDP and the Global Fund ensure that grants are implemented and services delivered in countries facing complex challenges, while building national capacity to ensure long-term sustainability. The partnership has enabled millions of people around the world to benefit from programmes to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.