Ecobank, Global Fund expand partnership to include South Sudan

Ecobank Group and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Tuesday that they are expanding their partnership to include South Sudan.

The agreement, which could last from 3-5 years, formalizes Ecobank's support for the Global Fund's work in multiple countries in Africa. The Global Fund's program in South Sudan is currently being implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Population Services International.

The partnership between Ecobank and the Global Fund will seek to strengthen the financial management capabilities of South Sudan by providing technical assistance and capacity building expertise and services.

"This partnership springs from fruitful collaboration between the Global Fund, Ecobank, the UNDP and implementing entities, who have worked closely on developing projects that will enhance financial management capabilities of the three national program sub recipients in South Sudan," Marion Gleixner, a senior fund portfolio manager at the Global Fund, said.

Ecobank South Sudan developed a project plan through a partnership with Accounting for International Development and the Global Fund to provide financial management capacity building. That program is expected to take approximately 12 weeks

The Ecobank Group is present in 36 countries in Africa and maintains four international representative offices.