History of GMS

GMS was started in 2007 with funding from the government of the United States to provide urgent solutions to countries experiencing bottlenecks in their grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). When the U. S. signed on as the largest single donor to the Global Fund, it also made another commitment: to set aside up to 5% of the aggregate amount of funds made available to the Global Fund for technical support related to the activities of the Global Fund.

Thus, in 2007, the U.S. government designed a mechanism to supply critically needed technical support to Global Fund grantees. The U.S. government then began a procurement process that resulted in a contract with Management Sciences for Health and six partners (Abt Associates, International Program Assistance or IPA, Futures Group (now Palladium), MIDEGO (now Realizing Global Health), Pact and Training Resources Group) for the project called GMS. This project ran from 2007 to 2012 with a contract ceiling of over $61 million.

Following a second procurement process, the U.S. government signed a second contract with Management Sciences for Health for GMS in 2012. GMS now comprises 29 partner organizations—28 in addition to Management Sciences for Health. This new contract has a ceiling of $99.9 million. You can read about all these partners on the GMS Partner Organizations page.

During its first five years (2007-12), GMS’s mandate centered on conducting demand-driven technical support assignments to help Global Fund recipient countries. Support was classified into four major areas: governance, principal recipient management, monitoring and evaluation, and health products management.

During its second five years (2012-17), GMS continued its primary focus on providing demand-driven technical support. Following changes in the Global Fund’s funding model in 2013, the focus of demand for technical support also changed, shifting primarily toward principal recipient management and strengthening of CCM capacity in governance. Additionally, GMS was mandated to strengthen the technical capacity of individual consultants to provide high quality technical support and of regional partner organizations to carry out and oversee high-quality Global Fund–related technical support and to share tools and best practices.