New Grant Management Dashboard for Global Fund Grant Implementers Slated for Pilot Testing
A grant management dashboard for use by implementers of grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund)—slated for pilot testing in six countries beginning in February 2014—is being codesigned and codeveloped by Grant Management Solutions (GMS), SAP AG (Germany) and the Global Fund. GMS is a project funded through a contract between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Management Sciences for Health, who leads the project along with 25 partners.
When the United States signed on as the largest single donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), it also made another important commitment: Up to five percent of the US pledge was to be set aside for future technical assistance to help countries receiving Global Fund grants.
In 2007, the US government (USG) designed a mechanism to supply critically needed technical support to Global Fund grantees. The USG then began a procurement process that resulted in a contract with Management Sciences for Health and four partners (see "GMS 2007–2012" on the left navigation bar) for Grant Management Solutions (GMS). The first GMS ran for five years (2007–2012). Following a second procurement process, the USG awarded MSH and six partners, whose logos appear on this page, a contract for a second iteration of GMS with a slightly different mandate. The result of this design was a contract.
How GMS Works
GMS provides technical support to countries receiving grants from the Global Fund. GMS's new mandate now includes three main objectives:
Objective 1: GMS's prime objective is to provide urgent, short-term, management-related technical support to Global Fund grantees. GMS's unique form of technical support allows countries to ask for exactly the kind of help they need most to succeed and to move to their next disbursement or phase of funding. This support generally falls into the following areas:
Objective 2: GMS aims to develop the capacity of regional organizations and consultants so that they, rather than GMS or other projects or entitities, may offer urgent technical support to improve performance of CCMs, PRs and SRs.
Objective 3: GMS aims to develop tools and other materials for the Global Fund community and platforms for sharing them.