UNDP and the Global Fund both work closely with other technical agencies and development organizations, who play a crucial role in the Global Fund model. There are certain key technical and development partners who contribute to supporting Global Fund programme development and participate through:
These partners are involved at every level of the Global Fund. At the international level, technical partners hold five non-voting seats on the Global Fund Board. At the country level, technical partners participate in the decision-making process through the Country Coordinating Mechanism and, provide technical support to ensure the funds achieve the most for the country.
All the partners below work to provide technical support to implementers (PRs, SRs and CCMs) in a variety of areas. More information on how to source the support can be found on their websites.
Grant Management Solutions (GMS) is a project supported by the US Government and provides technical support to countries receiving grants from the Global Fund. GMS provides short-term technical support to help Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs), Principal Recipients (PRs) and Sub-Recipients (SRs) unblock bottlenecks to implementation, and resolve problems that are impacting on grant performance.
GMS focuses on three main objectives:
To provide urgent, short-term, management-related technical support to Global Fund grantees in the areas of:
To develop the capacity of regional organisations and consultants so that they, rather than GMS, may offer urgent technical support to improve performance of CCMs, PRs and SRs.
To develop tools and other materials for the Global Fund community and platforms for sharing them. This includes the ‘Grant Oversight Tool’ or the grant dashboard, that is available to Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) overseeing grants on the Global Fund website. Grant dashboards are concise reports that display key financial, management, and performance indicators for each Global Fund grant in a clear and graphic way.
BACKUP Health, formerly called the German BACKUP Initiative is a global health programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2002, the global health programme BACKUP Health has been supporting countries in using Global Fund grants more effectively and efficiently.
BACKUP assists partner countries worldwide working in three intervention areas: Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Health Systems Strengthening, Management Capacities of Global Fund Grant Recipients.
The 5% Initiative focuses on Francophone countries who require technical expertise in designing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and measuring the impact of grants allocated by the Global Fund, in order to enhance their effectiveness and their impact on health.
It provides capacity development and supports the strengthening of systems for the programmatic and financial management of grants, as well as enhancing monitoring and evaluation and the management of procurement and supply of medical commodities by reinforcing the different stages of the supply chain management cycle. Additionally it aims to strengthen grant governance by supporting Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and enabling countries to access Global Fund resources by assisting funding requests and applications, and drafting national strategic documents.
Created in 2000, Gavi is a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
It also focuses on strengthening health systems which represent a critical barrier to Gavi’s mission; looking in particular at countries with inadequate infrastructure, lack of trained healthcare workers and interruption in the supplies of essential commodities along with a lack of data to track progress. It also works to enhance CSO engagement in national health sector planning and policy processes. Specifically, countries are encouraged to use Health System Strengthening (HSS) support to fund activities that fit within the six building blocks identified by WHO.
WHO defines the six building blocks that contribute to a strengthened health system:
In addition to these six requirements, GAVI identifies community mobilisation and demand generation as key areas of importance for a strong health system.
Gavi health system strengthening (HSS) support is intended to address weaknesses identified by implementing countries using health sector analyses and National Health Sector Plans to identify weaknesses and gaps in current funding. Activities include