Grant Management Solutions’s Project Year (PY) 4 followed the evolution of the cycle of grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) through support to the last grants completing grant making, support to new grants needing project management units or risk management plans, and support to certain country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) for implementing their performance improvement plans. The most exciting challenge of PY4 has been the steady increase in demand for the whole-of-country approach to introducing the new grant management dashboard for principal recipients (PRs) (the “Principal Recipient Management Dashboard” or “PR Management Dashboard”) and dashboard for CCMs (the “CCM Summary”) to all PRs and CCMs within a country. In total, Grant Management Solutions (GMS) responded to 34 requests (from 23 countries) approved by the U.S. government’s Global Fund Technical Support Advisory Panel (TSAP), seven requests for CCM support, 12 for a variety of PR issues, and 14 for introduction of dashboards.
PY4 saw the deeply satisfying conclusion of a piece of GMS “old business.” The African Delegations to the Global Fund Board established a bureau in Addis Ababa to support its operations and recruited its first executive director. The African Delegations’ presence at the 2016 Board meetings contributed positively to policy making and this year’s replenishment of the Global Fund. GMS’s support of governance strengthening of the African Delegations began in 2012. Starting in 2014, GMS collaborated with the African Public Health Research Centre, which was and still is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to create the bureau.
PY4 was also the final year for business-strengthening support to the 12 regional partners of GMS (the “Regional Partners”), who have been the focus of the project’s capacity-building team. During the year, the Regional Partners moved toward greater collaboration through trades of technical support in the “Peer-to-Peer Exchange”: seven exchanges took place mostly focusing on software application development and market analysis. Regional Partners concretized their collaboration through establishment of a new network of ten of the twelve Regional Partners who will market their services together. Thus, this four-year experiment of strengthening Regional Partners to provide Global Fund–related technical support concludes with strong forward momentum from these 12 organizations.
In response to the growing interest in grant dashboards for risk management and grant oversight, GMS completed development of the CCM Summary and extended development of two other pieces of the dashboard suite of products: the Regional Grant Dashboard and the Subrecipient Management Tool. GMS also completed evaluation of the PR Management Dashboard pilot: publication of the results will begin early in PY5.
All photographs provided by GMS staff and consultants.
This report is made possible by the support of the American People through the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Grant Management Solutions is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development under contract No. AID-OAA-C-12-00040. The contents of this report are the sole responsibility of Grant Management Solutions, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. government, or the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Grant Management Solutions is a U.S. government–funded partnership consisting of Management Sciences for Health, Abt Associates, Futures Group, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Pact, Realizing Global Health, Training Resources Group, and committed to strengthening the performance of Global Fund grants.