Location: Solomon Islands
Support to the Country Coordinating Mechanism
Through GMS, IDEAS recently provided the leadership and direction for technical assistance to the Solomon Islands National Country Coordinating Mechanism (SINCCM) to help it meet Global Fund requirements. The IDEAS team leader worked with international consultants from Nepal and Zimbabwe, and a local consultant from the Solomon Islands.
After assessing membership representation and participation through interviews and analysis of CCM documentation, the GMS Team recommended several action steps, all of which the CCM endorsed and subsequently implemented with assistance from the team during its second and third visits. These steps included:
- reallocating seats among sectors to strengthen representation by people living with or affected by HIV, malaria, and TB
- reconstituting CCM membership to include representatives of local NGOs, international NGOs, development partners, government, people living with or affected by the diseases, and the private sector
- electing a new chairperson from the local NGO sector
- securing new administrative CCM funds by completing a thorough accounting of previous administrative expenses and preparing a detailed budget
- adopting a new conflict-of-interest policy and procedure
- adopting new or revised by-laws, standard operating procedures, and a communications plan
- revitalizing the grant oversight function through a new CCM oversight plan and training sessions.
At the conclusion of the assignment, the SINCCM had taken the required steps to meet all Global Fund requirements, thereby ensuring its eligibility to seek continued funding for the national disease programs. At that time, the GMS Project conducted a client satisfaction survey with a sample of SINCCM members who were actively involved in the technical assistance work. The team received an average rating of 4.75 out of 5 possible points across all factors. Among the many positive comments by respondents, one stands out: “They are great experts, they respect the country and views of others. . . . They are also culturally sensitive; it is great to see such an approach from the outsiders.”