German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel has appealed anew to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to look into corruption allegations.
Nonetheless, Niebel, in a Feb. 27 press release by BMZ, indicated he is satisfied with the actions taken by the Global Fund to deal with allegations of funding misuse. He expressed support for the creation of an international panel to probe into claims of massive corruption in Global Fund-backed activities.
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Niebel also reiterated that Germany is conducting a separate, independent review of a selection of Global Fund activities in some of the most corruption-prone countries.
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Germany’s €200 million ($276 million) payment for the fund’s 2011 budget is “reserved” for the agency but is withheld until the latter “fully” addresses the allegations, he added.
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