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Global Fund Names Former HHS Secretary Leavitt and Former President of Botswana Mogae to Lead Independent Review Panel of Experts to Ensure Financial Safeguards are of Highest Standard
Washington, D.C., March 16, 2011 — Today the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae will lead an independent panel of experts in a rigorous and comprehensive review of all financial safeguards at the Global Fund.
“The Global Fund has already made major advances in streamlining its processes and demonstrating a unique level of accountability, transparency and innovation among multilateral institutions,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. “This newly formed independent panel seeks to take this successful model and lift it to an even higher level — the highest standard possible in terms of financial accountability and return on investment.”
The independent panel will review the Global Fund’s policies, procedures, practices and oversight mechanisms, as well as make recommendations for strengthening these areas as necessary to increase the Global Fund’s fiscal efficiencies in its fight against the three diseases. This review is part of a broader set of measures that continue to be implemented to ensure the Global Fund’s safeguards are of the highest standard.
“More than 6.5 million lives have been saved thanks to the financing provided by the Global Fund since its inception in 2002,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “Given the need for fiscal constraint in light of growing budget deficits, it’s more important than ever to make sure every dollar invested continues to serve people most in need — as well as helps to facilitate social and economic stability throughout the more than 140 countries where the Global Fund is at work.”
The independent review panel aims to present its findings to the Global Fund Board of Directors by June 30, 2011. As with all Global Fund reports, the panel’s findings will be made public.
Michael Leavitt served under President George W. Bush as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2005 to 2009. During his three terms as Governor of Utah, the state was recognized six times as one of the U.S.’s best-managed. A seasoned diplomat, Leavitt led U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries, conducting negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. Leavitt also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Festus Mogae was President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. He won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African leadership in recognition of his record of good governance as President. Earlier in his career, he occupied posts at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana.
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