OIG REPORT: Communities Delegation Statement

Monday, 24th January 2022

In the interest of transparency and openness, we would like to share the below regarding the report the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) shared today.

Unfortunately, the Communities Delegation was affected by the fraudulent activities of the former Executive Director of the International Civil Society Support (ICSS), as detailed in the report. ICSS served as the Communities Delegation Fiscal Host from 2015 to 2019. That relationship has been terminated, and since early 2020, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is serving as our Fiscal Host.

The Communities Delegation submitted a report to the OIG as soon as we became aware of expenditure irregularities. Since the initiation of the investigation, we have given our full cooperation to the OIG and the process.

We would like to express our gratitude to the entire Global Fund Office of the Inspector General team and the Legal and Governance team members with who we collaborated during the investigation. This investigation and report show the importance of the oversight function of the OIG within the Global Fund’s oversight mechanism and the importance of proper financial controls. The OIG’s work again demonstrates why the Global Fund is one of the most respected and reputable organisations, particularly for its accountability to fight the three diseases. 

We are pleased that this investigation has been finalised and look forward to being able to focus on the primary functions of the delegation in 2022.

For any questions, please refer to the OIG and their report or reach out to the Communities Delegation Focal Point at bmartinez(@)gnpplus.net.