Partnership with the Global Fund

UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) makes a powerful contribution to Agenda 2030 and the commitment to “leave no one behind”.

UNDP partners with the Global Fund support and strengthen national responses to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, supporting countries to implement large-scale health programmes, including reaching some of the most hard-to-reach populations, and strengthening institutions to deliver essential services in challenging and high-risk country contexts.

UNDP as the interim principal recipient

UNDP is requested to serve as the Global Fund’s interim Principal Recipient (PR) in countries facing a wide variety of special challenges. These can include serious capacity constraints, post-crisis or complex emergencies, weak governance and accountability, or other exceptional circumstances.
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UNDP only serves as an interim PR when the Global Fund has determined that a national entity cannot currently fulfil this role. UNDP helps these countries to access Global Fund resources, to make the money work, to manage the risks, and achieve significant health outcomes, all the while building national capacity to ensure sustainability of Global Fund programmes.

As of March 2018, as interim Principal Recipient of Global Fund grants, UNDP manages 31 grants in 18 countries, and three regional programmes (covering 27 countries), with a total portfolio value of US$950 million.

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Developing national capacity

Whilst acting as the interim PR, UNDP develops national capacity and strengthens national systems with the aim of transferring the role of PR to national entities when circumstances permit.
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  • UNDP also provides policy and technical support in areas of UNDP expertise and mandate, such as human rights and gender equality, sustainable financing and environmental sustainability, and reaching key populations at higher risk
  • this includes environmental sustainability, through innovative initiatives that embed sustainability into procurement practices and promote the use of clean energy, while also reducing the carbon footprint of health facilities and enhancing their ability to withstand the effects of climate change
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The UNDP-Global Fund partnership focus areas going forward

Promote country ownership of Global Fund programmes

UNDP supports countries in helping to align their Global Fund applications to national disease and health strategies, but also more broadly in national development and poverty reduction strategies.
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It also engages countries in a strategic dialogue about sustainable financing of health programmes, especially middle-income countries where Global Fund support will be phased out.

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Critical implementation support in crisis countries and fragile states

Over the years of its partnership with the Global Fund, UNDP has become a leader in implementing health programmes in the most difficult crisis contexts and conflict-affected countries.
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UNDP has managed Global Fund grants in Iraq, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, and other crisis countries. UNDP has recently become the PR for new malaria, TB, HIV and health systems strengthening grants in Afghanistan. In Iraq and Syria, where UNDP served as interim PR until transitioning out of this role in 2016, UNDP was able to reach TB patients in Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-controlled and other contested areas. Under the Global Fund Development Continuum Working Group, UNDP chaired a sub-working group focusing on operating in challenging environments. UNDP also supported governments in Ebola-affected countries in adjusting their Global Fund programmes. UNDP connects the Global Fund work with its early recovery mandate in crisis and post-crisis countries.

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Capacity development, resilient systems for health and sustainability of Global Fund programmes

The Global Fund is increasingly paying attention to the importance of building national resilient systems for health to ensure the sustainability of their investments into the three diseases.
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UNDP contributes experience and expertise from its long-standing support to governments and civil society in diverse country settings to develop stronger national systems in multiple countries.

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Increased emphasis on human rights, gender, and key populations

In line with its current strategy, the Global Fund is accelerating its efforts to operationalize its commitments on human rights, gender and reaching key populations.
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UNDP is supporting the Global Fund to translate those commitments at programme level. In addition, UNDP continues to leverage its role as Principal Recipient to advocate for the removal of barriers for key populations to access services.

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Increased emphasis on human rights, gender, and key populations

In line with its current strategy, the Global Fund is accelerating its efforts to operationalize its commitments on human rights, gender and reaching key populations.
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UNDP is supporting the Global Fund to translate those commitments at programme level. In addition, UNDP continues to leverage its role as PR to advocate for the removal of barriers for key populations to access services.

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Procurement for health

UNDP has amassed considerable expertise supporting governments with health procurement through its longstanding partnership with the Global Fund.
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Building on this support, a rapidly increasing number of governments are requesting UNDP to help strengthen national capacities and systems for the procurement and supply management of health products, including in countries with Global Fund grants that are not managed by UNDP. A key priority for this support is promoting sustainable health procurement, mitigating the environmental impact of the sector through initiatives such as “green” packaging and reducing waste through better procurement planning.

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Key resources