5 March 2016

Africa: Changes to Board Committee Structure Confirmed

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Board appoints chairs and vice-chairs for each of the new committees

On 28 January 2016, the Global Fund Board confirmed changes to its structure that were approved in principle at its meeting last November (see GFO article). On 4 March, the Board appointed chairs and vice-chairs for the reconstituted committees. The changes and appointments will come into effect on 1 May 2016.

There will still be three committees, as follows:

Strategy Committee

Audit and Finance Committee

Ethics and Governance Committee

The mandate of the Strategy Committee will remain essentially unchanged from the Strategic Investment and Impact Committee it will replace. It will provide oversight of the strategic direction of the Fund and ensure the optimal impact and performance of its investments in health. The committee will continue to have primary oversight over grant portfolio operations.

The Strategy Committee will be composed of 10 constituency-nominated voting members (five donor, five implementer), a non-voting chair and vice-chair, and four non-voting members: the chair of the Technical Review Panel; the chair of the Technical Evaluation and Review Group; and two representatives of non-voting Board constituencies. The composition is unchanged from the existing Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee.

Dorothée Kinde-Gazard has been appointed Chair of the Strategy Committee, and Julia Martin Vice-Chair.

The new Audit and Finance Committee will exercise the mandate of the current Finance and Operational Performance Committee, which is to oversee financial management of the Fund's resources, and ensure optimal performance in the operations and corporate management of the Secretariat. But it will also take on responsibility for overseeing internal audit, including the Office of the Inspector General, a responsibility which currently resides with the Audit and Ethics Committee.

The Audit and Finance Committee will be composed of 10 constituency-nominated voting members (five donor, five implementer), a non-voting chair and vice-chair, and four non-voting members: the representative of the World Bank; a representative of another non-voting Board constituency; an independent person with audit expertise; and an independent person with investigations expertise. The composition is the same as for the existing Finance and Operational Performance Committee, except for the addition of the independent persons with audit and investigations expertise.

Greg J. Ferrante has been appointed Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and Beatrijs Stikkers Vice-Chair.

The new Ethics and Governance Committee will retain the ethics-related responsibilities of the existing Audit and Ethics Committee, and also take on the responsibility to oversee governance matters. The Ethics and Governance Committee will be composed of six constituency-nominated voting members (three donor, three implementer), a non-voting chair and vice-chair, and one non-voting member with ethics expertise. This is a significant change from the composition of the existing Audit and Ethics Committee which has five independent members and only three constituency-nominated members.

Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar has been appointed Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee, and Jan Paehler Vice-Chair.

The chair and vice-chair appointments are for two-year terms effective 1 May. The appointed candidates are participating as observers in the meetings of the three existing committees on 8-10 March.

To reflect the changes to the committees' names and responsibilities, the charters (i.e. terms of reference) of each committee have been modified, and changes have been made to the Fund's Bylaws, the terms of reference of the Board's Coordinating Group and the Operating Procedures of the Board and Committees.

As a result of discussions at the Board's November 2015 meeting, and subsequent consultations, some governance responsibilities currently with the Board's Coordinating Group will shift to the new Ethics and Governance Committee.

Information on the changes to the names and responsibilities of the committees comes from Decision Point GF-B34-EDP07, contained in Board Document GF-B34-ER06. Annexes to this document contain the revised charters of the committees; the revised TORs of the Coordinating Group; amended and restated Bylaws; and amended and restated Operating Procedures of the Board and Committees. GF-B35-ER06 and its annexes are not available on the Global Fund website. However, the information contained in the annexes should eventually be posted the Fund's website.

Information on the appointments to the new committees comes from Decision Point GF-B34-EDP14, contained in Board Document GF-B34-ER10. This document is not available on the Global Fund website.

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