UNDP's relation with the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

24 Jan 2011

Response to media coverage on UNDP’s relation with the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

  • UNDP takes its responsibility towards our donors and the beneficiaries very seriously. As per the policy our rules set by UNDP Executive Board, our internal audit reports are shared upon request with member states (many of which are also members of the Global Fund Executive Board), as a way to promote transparency, accountability and oversight. While under the current policy adopted by the Executive Board, UNDP cannot provide the Global Fund with access to its internal audit reports, UNDP does, as a standing practice, inform the Global Fund about key audit findings and recommendations resulting from internal audits of Global Fund grants managed by UNDP.
  • As the Global Fund Secretariat and the Office of the Inspector General know, UNDP, together with the other UN funds and programmes concerned, is currently preparing a proposal for consideration by the Executive Board with options for granting institutional donors such as the Global Fund better access to audit information.
  • We work very closely with the Global Fund to ensure that the funds entrusted to us are used solely for their intend purposes. Global Fund grants managed by UNDP are subject to intensive audit scrutiny. UNDP’s Office of Audit and Investigations informs the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General on allegations of fraud and corruption concerning the use of Global Fund grants and on the results of UNDP’s investigations of such cases.
  • UNDP follows up and acts upon relevant results of investigations by the Office of the Inspector General. We too have discovered some types of problems that appear in multiple countries, in particular regarding oversight of sub-recipients, and have significantly improved our controls as a result.  
  • UNDP manages less than 15% of the Global Fund’s spending. We are entrusted with about $1 billion of Global Fund of a multi-year period with approximately $400 million in expenditures in 2010.