01 Jul 2019
What is coercion?
Coercion means using force or threats to get someone to do something that they would not otherwise do.
Why should you care about coercion?
- It reduces fair competition and drives up the price of medicines and health products.
- It prevents Global Fund programs from achieving their full impact.
- It discourages honest, qualified suppliers from participating in Global Fund grant activities.
- It facilitates the supply of sub-standard health products.
How do you spot coercion?
- Individuals are threatened physically or psychologically.
- Processes are influenced to achieve particular results or favor certain individuals or entities.
- Employees are retaliated against for challenging the actions of managers or other superiors.
- Employees are discouraged from speaking out.
- Procedures for reporting irregularities do not exist or are ineffective.
- Applicable policies and procedures do not exist or are not made available.
Some of the most common types of fraud and abuse are listed below. But this doesn’t cover everything. Learn more in "what to report."
Stealing money or medicine
Staging of fake training events
Irregularities in tender processes
Bribery and kickbacks
Abuse of power or authority for personal gain
Conflict of interest
Personal use of assets
Please, make your report as specific and complete as possible using the following questions as a guide:
What is the type of wrongdoing you are reporting?
What happened exactly? Please provide details.
Where and when did it take place?
Who was involved? Please share full name, title, and office.
How did you become aware of this wrongdoing? Did you witness it?
Do you have evidence of this wrongdoing? (Please provide any evidence that you have) Do you know if evidence exists? How do you know, and where can we find it?
Who else knows? Can we contact them? (Please provide their contact details)
Why do you think it should be investigated?
Do you have any other relevant information?
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) guarantees protection of your identity. If you make a report in good faith, no retaliation will be tolerated. You can remain anonymous regardless of how you choose to report fraud or abuse. Please note, however, that if the OIG cannot contact you for further information or for clarification, it can sometimes make it difficult to investigate your report further.
If you want to remain anonymous, you may use the online form to report your claim. When you complete the online form, you will receive a personal identification number that will allow you to check for updates while at the same enabling the Global Fund to ask follow-up questions. All online submissions are managed by an independent company, which does not turn over your personal information to the OIG.
If you do provide your personal details when making a report, the OIG will not disclose them unless you give your explicit consent.
As soon as possible. Grant recipients are obligated to inform the Office of the Inspector General of all allegations of fraud and abuse as soon as it is known.
Staff at the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will screen your report to determine the most appropriate action. This could lead to an investigation by OIG staff or a referral to national authorities. Alternatively, where appropriate, the matter may be referred to other areas of the Global Fund for action.