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Mauritania sets an example

At the start of 2015, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is to present three concept notes to the Global Fund for grants of up to USD 30 million under its new funding model.

Mauritania has come a long way.  Five years after GMS assisted the Mauritania CCM in to 2010 to complete crucial reforms, the Global Fund Observer documents the evolution of the country's Global Fund activities.

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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:

  • Governance and leadership. GMS works directly with the country coordinating mechanism (CCM), a national body made up of public and private entities that is responsible for developing Global Fund grant proposals, coordinating grant activities, and providing grant oversight through sound leadership practices.
  • Financial and grant management. Each Global Fund grant has a principal recipient (PR), an existing institution or organization identified by the CCM through a rigorous procurement process, which is responsible for grant implementation. Working directly with the PR, GMS seeks ways to strengthen financial and management systems and procedures.
  • Procurement and supply management (PSM) of pharmaceuticals and commodities. GMS works with PRs to ensure that their PSM systems are appropriate for the resources available in country. This assistance might range from helping a PR with its PSM planning and forecasting of how many and what kinds of medicines and pharmaceutical supplies the nation needs, to helping a PR streamline importation and customs procedures and find ways to improve the supply chain.
  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting. The progress and success of grants is vital to a grantee's receiving monies from the Global Fund in the future, thus comprehensive M&E and reporting are essential. GMS's assistance may range from workshops on how to use the Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Strengthening Tool—a planning process required by the Global Fund—to improving reporting procedures and ensuring adequate M&E staffing.

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.

GMS, a three-year project that may be continued for up to two more years, was originated through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and is coordinated by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
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