On the first day (yesterday) of the 32st Board Meeting of the Global Fund in Montreux, the Board adopted the Governance Plan for Impact. The plan includes an extensive sets of recommendations to strengthen the governance system of the Global Fund. The Governance Plans was prepared by the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Governance which was chaired by Ton Coenen, chair of the Developed Country NGO Delegation.
- by Mark Vermeulen
In order for the Global Fund to invest in impact a strong governance system is crucial. The Governance Plan sets out recommendations to the Global Fund Board to further improve its governance systems and performance in order to achieve a world free of the burden of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with better health for all.
With adopting the Governance Plan for Impact the Global Fund makes the first step to move to an enhanced governance structure which includes a reconfigured committee structure with a re-alignment of responsibilities around a logical clustering of the skills required and the six core functions of the Board. It also includes the governance functions that are currently not allocated in the governance system.
A Temporary Governance Committee will commence shortly after the 32st Board Meeting and is responsible for the implementation of the Plan and will provide regular updates to the Board. It will take forward the recommendations in the report, which present a vision to realign the current committee structure to a structure that includes Ethics and governance, Audit and Finance and Strategy and Operations committees. The new committee structure needs to be in place by April 2016, when the terms of the current committees ends. Other recommendation in the report aim to strengthen: institutional memory management, transparency of Board and Committee votes, the assessment of organizational performance and risk management.
The Governance Plan for Impact is building on all the work done in the past years and can be seen as a natural evolution for the Global Fund in a constantly changing world. All recommendation should be in place by April 2016 when the transition to the enhanced governance structure is complete.
At the Jakarta Board Meeting in March 2014, the Board leadership introduced a proposal for the establishment of an Ad-Hoc Working Group on Governance (WGG) to identify and recommend for Board consideration possible changes in the Global Fund governance system with the intention of improving efficiency, effectiveness, unity and equity in conduct and management of the affairs of the Global Fund Board and its committees, in line with the mission, needs and work of the Global Fund.
The WGG used the findings of the Office of Inspector General Governance Advisory Review (OIG Review), as well as the recommendations of the Comprehensive Reform Working Group (CRWG) and the High-Level Review Panel (HLP), as its main starting point to inform its scope and initial analysis. While all six core functions of the Global Fund Board were included, the WGG focused its effort on the three core areas identified by the OIG Review as needing particular attention: Governance Oversight, Risk Management and Assessment of Organizational Performance.