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Additional Safeguard Policy

The Additional Safeguards Policy (ASP) (2004) is a set of measures that the Global Fund introduces whenever “the existing systems to ensure accountable use of Global Fund financing suggest that Global Fund monies could be placed in jeopardy without the use of additional measures”. Examples of criteria for invoking ASP include significant concerns about governance; the lack of a transparent process for identifying a broad range of implementing partners; major concerns about corruption; a widespread lack of public accountability; recent or ongoing conflict in the country or region of operation; political instability or lack of a functioning government; poorly developed or lack of civil society participation; financial risks such as hyperinflation or devaluation; or lack of a proven track record in managing donor funds. The decision to invoke the ASP Policy, available in the Global Fund’s Operational Policy Manual (2024), is often triggered by capacity concerns on the Principal Recipient (PR) or the Sub-recipients (SRs), lack of transparency in the selection of grant implementers, political instability, conflicts, lack of participation, etc.

ASP measures include:

  • Selection of the PRs by the Global Fund
  • Selection of the SRs by the Global Fund
  • Specific risk mitigation measures, such as:
    • Installation of fiscal/fiduciary agents
    • Restricted cash policy, or no-cash to SRs
    • Use of GF Pooled Procurement Mechanism

UNDP is often nominated as PR in ASP countries. As UNDP-implemented Global Fund projects adhere to UNDP’s regulations, rules, policies, and procedures. Most flexibilities would be negotiated during grant-making and the Country Office is advised to request support of the UNDP Global Fund Partnership and Health Systems Team and the Regional Bureau, as early as possible, during the funding submission and the grant making process.

Additional guidance to support this area of work are also available through resources listed below:

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