Post-Board papers to get your teeth into!

19 May 2022
One can only imagine the work it takes to produce so much detailed information

No one can say that the Secretariat staff do not work hard. In fact, so much important information was delivered to the 47th Board Meeting that we had to make a decision to publish not just one but two post-Board newsletters. In this way we could cover the most important papers without giving you (and us) indigestion by going through them all in one issue.

Last week we covered the Executive Director’s speech, the 2021 Strategic Performance Report, and the topics which resulted in the presentation of Decision Points for approval — the Eligibility Policy and allocation methodology for the 2023-2025 allocation period, Catalytic Investments for the 2023-2025 allocation period and the Global Fund Governance Action Plan.

This week we bring you reviews of other equally important topics which, while not the subject of Board decisions, nonetheless provide the Board and others with updates on issues such as: Community, Rights and Gender ; the M&E and 2023+ KPI Framework Development ; COVID-19 and Business Continuity; and several issues related to each other — the Annual Report and Opinion of the Ethics Officer,  the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Annual Report and Annual Opinion on Governance, Risk Management and Internal Controls, and the Risk Management Report and Annual Opinion of the Chief Risk Officer. In Article 8 , we bring you the views of the African Constituencies Board’s Annual Meeting at which members from 47 African countries discussed the Board agenda topics and gave their feedback delegates on the Committees and Board. We finish with an article providing an Update on Resource Mobilization and the Seventh Replenishment Campaign. You can of course read all the original papers/slide decks in detail once they become available on the Global Fund website.

You may ask why you should bother to read articles on these topics when you can read the Board papers themselves. There are several reasons. The first is that we do all the hard work for you by synthesizing the information contained throughout several pages/slides into a brief manageable article summarizing the main points (and in simple, non-Global Fundspeak language). The second is that we also provide you with highlights of the Board and stakeholder discussions on each paper which you would otherwise not have access to unless you had attended the Board meeting itself. Thirdly, by having an overview of the topics we can make the linkages between the topics as needed, as you will see in this issue where we discuss the three papers that are related to each other — Ethics, the OIG, and Risk Management.

The last word

We mentioned it last week and at the start of this Editorial, but it bears repeating: we must acknowledge the hard work of the Secretariat under extremely trying conditions and commend the Board and its leadership for their steady hands at the helm of a behemoth in the path of a storm. When one looks at what has been achieved in the past two years, one really can believe that the Global Fund will achieve whatever it sets its mind to. So: let’s focus all energies on the Seventh Replenishment where we all have some role to play, whether big or small, to ensure its success.

We hope you enjoy the second post-Board issue and that you approve of this new way of bringing the Board to you (feedback is always welcome!). Our next issue will be published on 9 June.

As ever, Aidspan and our editorial team, under the leadership of Ida Hakizinka, does its best to ensure the accuracy of data and statements in our published articles ― and hence our inclusion of hyperlinks ― but if you, the reader, identify an error or important omission, please notify us on our email address  and provide us with your data source; and we shall be happy to publish a correction or amendment.

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Aidspan Editorial Team

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