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Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of co-operation between the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United Nations agencies. (213233)

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and the UN co-operate in a range of areas. Parts of the UN system such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) are key providers of technical assistance to countries applying for Global Fund support. Some of them, such as UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund) are also key implementers of Global Fund supported programmes through their work for example in product procurement and supply chain management. The Fund has signed Memoranda of Understanding with both UNDP and UNAIDS.

The Fund is currently undergoing a major independent evaluation of its functioning and performance. One of the three elements of this evaluation will look at the effectiveness and efficiency of the Partnership Environment in which the Fund operates. The Fund is a financing mechanism; it does not implement programmes itself and has no country presence, so it must rely on the activities and support of its development partners. The Secretariat of the Global Fund expects to present this part of the evaluation to a board retreat in October and to the full board in November 2008.