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Ukraine: good model for managing Global Fund grants


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In a country battling widespread corruption, it is significant for Alliance Ukraine’s management of a $183M Global Fund Grant to be praised by the Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for appropriate grant management.

The period covered in the OIG’s report was 2004-10. Alliance Ukraine was the major Principal Recipient and manages a substantial network of 120 sub-recipients working on community responses to HIV.

As would be expected with a grant of such size the OIG’s report is not without recommendations which Alliance Ukraine is acting to implement.

“The report reaffirms that local civil society organisations can manage large grants that significantly shape the national HIV response” said Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of Alliance Ukraine.

In the covering letter sent to the Tetyana Alexandrina, Chair of the Ukraine country coordinating mechanism, John Parsons, Inspector General of the Global Fund, notes: “I am sure that other Global Fund grant recipients and programme implementers will have much to learn from Ukraine’s programme achievements as well as actions being taken to address program challenges which have been detailed in the audit report”.

You can download the Global Fund OIG’s report here.

Alliance Ukraine have also written about the report on their website.

Tackling HIV in Ukraine

Alliance Ukraine is committed to supporting community action on HIV and supports a broad range of interventions across the country.

‘Vertical' is one of more than 100 organisations in Ukraine which receives funding from Alliance Ukraine for HIV prevention programmes reaching vulnerable groups. ‘Vertical’ helps people like Alyona, who since 2008 has received various services including HIV and STI testing, needle exchange, legal support and psychosocial support.  You can find out more about Alyona in our short film Support, Don’t Punish, which looks the difference harm reduction work makes to the lives of people who use drugs.

Work in Ukraine was also honoured in July, when Tanya Deshko, who is Head of Field Programs Team at Alliance Ukraine and Programme Manager of the Community Action on Harm Reduction project, was presented with the Levi Strauss & Co Pioneer Award for her contribution to the fight against HIV. You can read more here.