Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria reveals audit results
July 19, 2012
Following a recent investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced findings from its funding audits. The organization discovered that 3 percent of funds were either improperly accounted for, spent on activities that weren't in line with grant requirements or were used fraudulently.
"We do not tolerate any misuse of funds, no matter how minor," said Cees Klumper, chief risk officer at the Global Fund, who conducted the analysis. "Although some of these funds were misspent, and are just ineligible expenses, a small percentage of funds are misappropriated through fraud. We actively pursue and expose all such cases."
Global Fund, which is a public-private partnership and worldwide financial resource, has approved funding of $22.6 billion as of December 2011. The organization expressed plans to tighten up grant management practices to reduce further oversight and ensure funds are being used in the most effective ways possible.
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