Why are so Many Foundations’ + “Non-Profits” Corrupt? “The Comments” after this AP Article…Priceless!

November 15, 2012

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Multibillion-dollar health fund fires watchdog

By JOHN HEILPRIN | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

GENEVA (AP) — A $23-billion health fund trying to restore its image announced Thursday that it fired its top internal watchdog, whose office had uncovered millions in financial losses that led some donors to withhold funding.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said in a statement that its board had terminated the employment of Inspector General John Parsons “after a careful review of his performance, which was found to be unsatisfactory.”

Separately, the fund’s board chose as its new executive director Mark Dybul, an openly gay doctor who served as U.S. global AIDS coordinator to former President George W. Bush.

The fund was shaken after Associated Press articles last year reported on the millions of dollars in financial losses revealed by Parsons’ office. The articles led some donors, including Germany and the European Commission, to temporarily withhold funding, and the fund scaled back spending.

The turmoil at the Global Fund reflects the difficulty for a global financing organization that has set the goal of unusually high transparency standards to keep up good relations with donor nations that want to see their money spent wisely.

In the wake of the reports, the Global Fund appointed a special review panel that recommended tighter financial controls and led to the departures of the former executive director, French immunologist Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, and the fund’s chief spokesman, Jon Liden. But the panel also found friction between Kazatchkine, who was trying to reassure donors, and Parsons, whose teams of auditors and investigators were reporting the losses.

The inspector general’s office is supposed to function independently and was created in 2005 at the urging of the fund’s biggest donor, the United States. The board held a closed-door session with Parsons on Wednesday then deliberated into the night.

The fund said Parsons’ firing was based on performance and independent peer reviews and a report by the board committee that oversees Parsons’ office.

Before joining the Global Fund in 2007, Parsons, a British citizen, had gained more than 35 years of experience in audits, investigations and evaluations and had served as a director at U.N. agencies UNESCO and UNICEF. He headed Britain’s National Audit Office from 1989 to 1996. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Geneva-based fund was set up in 2002 as a new way to coordinate world efforts against the diseases and to speed up emergency funds from wealthy nations and donors to the places hardest hit. It currently pays for the treatment of around half the developing world’s AIDS sufferers.

The board said it would soon name an interim inspector-general and expects to find a permanent replacement for Parsons within six months.

Earlier this year, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres — also known as Doctors Without Borders — said the Global Fund’s cancellation of plans for $2 billion in grants between 2011 and 2013 had caused thousands of new patients to go untreated and some treatment clinics to shut down.

The board also has been debating the future of a malaria program that has cost more than $460 million, mostly funded by the Global Fund, UNITAID, and the Canadian and British governments. The Affordable Medicines Facility was launched in 2010 to provide cheap drugs for poor patients, but a report by Oxfam in October questioned its effectiveness.

    • Harry
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      Harry  •  3 hrs ago

      This is why you cannot trust charities to do anything. That includes “foundations” or so called private charities. The Social Leach scammed people out of 180 grand on a charity. Most are scams set up people to divest you of your hard earned money. Study any chartity to determine how the money is being spent. Better to give a homeless person a few bucks than some big charity.

  • johnSr
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    So they are killing the messenger bringing bad news ? Stop all funding until accountability can be assured.Who is on this Global Fund board ? Sounds like a few rocks need turning over to see what’s under them!

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  • Lou
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    Lou  •  7 hrs ago

    As if people haven’t known what’s been going on with these charities for yrs! Great ponzi scheme, you put photos of poor kids, afflicted old people, whom ever, pets, you ask for donations, loving , caring people, some don’t have a dime, send you money, the heads of these organizations divide the take, live well, put a few pennies in for research, look at Jerrys kids , how many years how many millions if not billions of dollars , jerry lived well, so did the board of directors, sure , there were positive things done to help some children , a trickle down affect to let people think its working, , no cures, ? Hey this is big business , all these charities, come on , its been in the gack of your minds also, ! Now you know! Exposed,

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  • Chazz
    11users liked this comment

    Stats – programs is supported by a staff of approximately 400, the largest contributors have been the United States, France, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom, 25 million USD missing from community programs in four African nations caused Sweden and Germany to suspend their donations… More

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  • Anthony G
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    Anthony G  •  7 hrs ago

    Curious..where’s the money going? Or do they not want anyone to find out? Looks that way.

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  • Bill
    4users liked this comment

    Lets fire the guy uncovered millions in financial losses , and then we wont have any uncovered millions in financial losses … great idea!

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  • askme
    5users liked this comment

    Easy fix. disband the corrupt group! disgusting bunch. people died due to the missing money!

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  • We Society
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    We Society  •  2 hrs 45 mins ago

    Obviously the board found his “performance” to be “unsatisfactory” because his “uncovering millions in financial losses” led “some donors to withhold funding”. So in other words, he was too good at the job he was hired to do – so now they want to replace him with a “team player” who won’t look so… More

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