MOPAN Assessment of the Global Fund
In 2021-22, the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) assessed the performance of the Global Fund.
The Global Fund continues to evolve within a changing global health landscape. Since it was founded 20 years ago, the Global Fund has steadily sought ways to improve its performance and mature as an organisation, while remaining focused on its core mandate to fight the three devastating infectious diseases.
The MOPAN Assessment of The Global Fund finds that:
- The Global Fund’s flexible and evolving operational approach is continually reviewed and allows for a nimble response. This has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- With its inclusive partnerships, the Global Fund demonstrates a strong commitment to all involved stakeholders and promotes buy-in.
- A resolute focus on the three diseases has allowed the Global Fund to achieve robust results and make continued progress despite short-, medium- and long-term challenges.
- At the same time, the Global Fund can make more progress in addressing cross-cutting issues such as building resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH), gender and human rights, and environment and climate change.
- Also, a cohesive and fully independent evaluative function will be important for moving from simple monitoring to more in-depth learning and understanding from its supported programmes.
- Finally, country ownership and competing stakeholder priorities will be an important part of discussions in the years ahead.
The Global Fund has steadily sought ways to improve its performance and mature as an organisation, while remaining focused on its mandate, and it must be prepared to evolve as new challenges emerge.
In November 2021, the Global Fund Board approved a new strategy for 2023‑28. While leaving the Global Fund’s mandate relatively unchanged (its primary goal is still to end AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), it has new contributory and evolving objectives and a clear emphasis on a people-centred approach. These new developments will require the organisation to revisit some facets of its business model, such as staff qualifications, its internal structure, and operating guidelines to ensure that it remains fit for its purpose. The findings of the MOPAN assessment are intended to contribute to that discussion.
Jolanda Profos, MOPAN Assessment Manager
Cara Yakush, MOPAN Communications Coordinator