Falta continua de transparencia, independencia y pertenencia del País en la participación de las Organizaciones No Gubernamentales de la Sociedad Civil en un Nuevo Préstamo para la atención de la resurgencia de malaria en Venezuela.
25 October 2020
Dear Secretariat, Board of the Global Fund, and Independent Technical Review Panel,The undersigned academic and civil society organizations (CSOs), and citizens who carry out malaria activities in Venezuela write to raise serious concerns about the lack of transparency, real participation, and lack of country ownership in the malaria grant processes in Venezuela.
Recently, two representatives from CSOs have been participating in initial meetings with the Global Fund and UNDP (as the principal recipient), however, it has been confirmed that CSOs will not be able to review nor provide inputs in grant-making documents. We still do not understand the reasons for not allowing CSOs to fully review grant-making documentation in the absence of a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and the malaria advisory committee. Allowing international agencies to impose their vision on the malaria response without CSOs’ input undermines their role and we believe that any collaborations should be based on the principles of national ownership, mutual trust, transparency, and accountability. We believe that all issues related to the funding request proposal development and the grant-making process in this malaria grant in Venezuela deserve an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Global Fund.
Under the current context, the undersigned would like to take this opportunity to inform you that as a consensus, we have decided to withdraw our limited participation in all the Global Fund malaria grant processes.