Mark Dybul: For the Global Fund, crisis led to opportunity

By Adva Saldinger 15 June 2015

Devex sat down with Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to talk about the organization’s past challenges and the road ahead.

Sometimes it takes a crisis to return an organization to its “original principles.”

Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, spoke with Devex about some of the challenges the organization faced — particularly around financial management — and about how they spurred a re-examination of the Global Fund’s approach.

“Everything we do, from our internal systems to how we work with countries, has been redone,” Dybul told Devex at the 2015 European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium.

Dybul assumed leadership of the Global Fund in 2012, after serving as U.S. global AIDS coordinator. His appointment came amid reports of mismanagement at the organization, which has disbursed nearly $27 billion since it was founded in 2002. Allegations of fraud in some of the fund’s partner countries led some major donor governments to suspend their contributions.

It also prompted the Global Fund to take a hard look at how it operates and works with countries, Dybul told Devex.

“We hadn’t really fulfilled the partnership approach to support countries to achieve objectives and move along that development continuum,” Dybul said.

The fund’s fifth replenishment — when donors commit resources to the organization to support three years of grant-making — will take place in 2016. Dybul spoke about how development funding models are changing, and what this means for a fund that bills itself as a “21st century organization.”

Watch the video above to see how Dybul explains the challenges and how they’ve informed the Global Fund’s future.

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About the author

Adva Saldinger@AdvaSal

As a Devex Impact associate editor, Adva leads coverage of the intersection of business and international development. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, she enjoys exploring the role the private sector and private capital play in development. Previously, she has worked as a reporter at newspapers in both the U.S. and South Africa. Most recently, she has been ghostwriting a memoir for a former child slave and NGO founder in Ghana.

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