Local Fund Agent

  • Overview

    The Global Fund does not have a presence in country; all staff are based at the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Instead we rely on independent organizations in each country known as “Local Fund Agents” to serve as our eyes and ears on the ground.

    The Local Fund Agent (and there is generally one per country) works closely with the country team at the Secretariat to evaluate and monitor activities before, during and after the implementation of a grant. Typically, these would include:

    • Assessing the capacity of the nominated Principal Recipient, including
      • Previous track record
      • Effectiveness of internal controls and systems
      • Reviewing proposed grant budget, workplan and related documents
    • Reviewing the progress of the grant and the appropriate use of funds, including
      • Requests for renewed funding
      • Visiting sites to verify results and data quality
    • Advising the Global Fund on activities related to the closing of a grant and any possible risks 

    The exact work to be carried out in each country is established in an annual workplan which is decided between the country team and the Local Fund Agent.

    While Local Fund Agents are an important part of the Global Fund’s fiduciary arrangements, it is important to understand that they do not act on behalf of the Global Fund. They do not represent the Global Fund’s views and they do not make decisions regarding grants. There are also a number of activities that Local Fund Agents cannot undertake with regard to the grants that they oversee, such as:

    • Designing the program to be funded
    • Participating in the implementation
    • Providing technical cooperation to any implementer
    • Auditing the financial statements of any implementing organization

    Local Fund Agents are selected through a competitive process and are generally contracted for a four-year period. When a Local Fund Agent needs to be selected for a particular country, a Request for Proposal will be published on our website.

    In case of questions with respect to Local Fund Agents, please contact LFA Coordination Team at the following address: