USAID (United States Agency for International Development) has joined the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC); The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support in-country financial management. The agreement supports programming for local accountancy and finance professionals and efforts to improve financial transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption efforts in the public health sector.
The MOU supports continued donor collaboration, the importance of which was emphasized during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for accountability and transparency on the use and stewardship of funds. The partnership between IFAC, USAID, The Global Fund, and Gavi demonstrates a shared commitment to strengthening public financial management globally. Through this agreement, USAID, IFAC, the Global Fund, and Gavi seek to strengthen accountancy and financial professionals’ expertise and help close the gaps in accountancy skills in implementing countries, which can impact the reliability and effectiveness of managing and disbursing funds. The MOU builds on a 2011 agreement and aims to optimize the joint efforts of global partners to maximize the performance of investments and support the sustainability of health programs.
Ultimately, this partnership will help improve the integration of donor investments into country systems, strengthen internal controls to reduce fiduciary and financial risks, enhance absorption of grants, and produce greater impact.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 180 members and associates in 135 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. USAID’s global health efforts include investments in HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning, Nutrition, other infectious diseases, and health systems strengthening.
About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 822 million children – and prevented more than 14 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here.
About the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund is a worldwide movement to defeat HIV, TB and malaria and ensure a healthier, safer, more equitable future for all. We raise and invest US$4billion a year to fight the deadliest infectious diseases, challenge the injustice which fuels them and strengthen health systems in more than 100 of the hardest hit countries. We unite world leaders, communities, civil society, health workers and the private sector to find solutions that have the most impact, and we take them to scale worldwide. Since 2002, the Global Fund has saved 38 million lives.