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Global Fund for Aids, Tuburculosis and Malaria (GFATM)

GFO #143 ... 'Value for Money' an Elusive Concept, Says Technical Review Panel

It is interesting to note that the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) always fails to make effective use of the value dimension of the work. There is always an excuse. The problem is simply that accounting and accountability is not part of the mainstream business process that has been adopted by GFATM. Rather than have a strong framework for performance metrics, GFATM has adopted the standard and very ineffective system used in the global public sector comprising a lot of pre-implementation analysis, post implementation evaluation and virtually nothing in the middle when implementation is taking place and the resources being mis-used.

Questions on value for money on Round 10 proposal form 'were not useful'

The definition and understanding by applicants to the Global Fund of the concept of value for money is not the same across all countries, according to the Technical Review Panel (TRP). On the Round 10 proposal form, applicants were asked to explain how their proposal constituted good value for money. In its report on the Round 10 proposals, the TRP commented at length on this topic.

The TRP explained how it attempted to assess value for money when it reviewed the Round 10 proposals. Trying to 'un-pack' the concept of value for money in a practical way to ensure a consistent approach, the TRP said that it assessed value for money in the context of 'how well suited the proposed goods and services are to making a difference in the fight against the three diseases and effect positive change in the health systems.' In particular, the TRP considered:

Given the current situation and local context, as presented in the proposal, did the proposed activities correspond to what needed to be done, and did they reflect appropriate priorities?

If the activities corresponded to what needed to be done, would they be undertaken in an effective way? (When considering effectiveness, the TRP looked at 'how' interventions were to be undertaken - i.e., whether the activities were likely to achieve the desired outcomes and impacts, whether they were coherent and needs-based, and whether they would be sustainable over time.)

Would the proposed interventions be done efficiently (i.e., were the costs of what was being proposed appropriate)?

Would the funding being requested truly be additional to existing funding?

The TRP complained that the questions related to value for money introduced in the Round 10 proposal form 'were not useful for its review purposes... Countries did not fully comprehend what was required of them and could not provide clearly articulated answers to these sections.'

The TRP recommended that, for Round 11, the value for money concept be addressed by asking applicants to justify, for each service delivery area, the technical appropriateness of the approaches being proposed, and to provide the evidence upon which the approaches are based. As well, the TRP said, applicants should be required to demonstrate that the most effective interventions are being proposed at the lowest cost. However, the TRP also said that there may be situations where a higher cost could be justified by the applicant based on appropriateness, effectiveness or sustainability.

The 'Report of the Technical Review Panel and the Secretariat on Round 10 Proposals' is at
www.theglobalfund.org/en/trp/reports


Circulated by AIDSPAN
April 11, 2011
The text being discussed is available at
www.theglobalfund.org/en/trp/reports
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