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One Way Not to Leave Global Fund Money on the Table

President Obama earlier this week made a last minute appeal to donors to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Offering a US pledge of $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors for a total US pledge of up to $5 billion, the president said, “don’t leave our money on the table.” Well, the initial commitments are in, and it appears that there will in fact be US money left on the table. Donors to the Global Fund announced total pledges of $12 billion, suggesting a US commitment of about $4 billion.

World AIDS Day Roundup

Over the last few months, we have been busy tracking and analyzing a number of notable developments in the global AIDS space.  So in commemoration of World AIDS Day, marked annually on December 1st, here is a roundup of what we’ve been talking about, complete with links to our most recent work.

BBC on the Global Fund: Behind the Scenes

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will host its fourth replenishment meeting this week in Washington, DC where it’s hoping to raise $15 billion to support its work for the next three years.  On the eve of the replenishment, the BBC will air a 30-minute segment on its show Panorama titled “Where’s Our Aid Money Gone” that – judging by the synopsis – will likely take a more critical view of the Global Fund than much of its recent press (see herehere, and here).

More Health for the Money: Highlights from the Launch Event

Our recent report, More Health for the Money, aims to answer the question: How can the Global Fund save more lives with the billions it spends each year to combat AIDS, TB and malaria?  So at our recent launch event, we put this question to a panel of experts (and a room full of practitioners and policy makers) to highlight where progress on value for money is being made, and where room for improvement remains. 

Multilateralism-lite Might Miss the Big Picture

This is a joint post with Jenny Ottenhoff.

My colleague Scott Morris pointed out in a recent blog that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will likely surpass the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) as the single largest foreign assistance contribution the United States makes to a multilateral institution.  He described this move as “multilateralism-lite” – or a reliance on earmarking through multilateral channels by sector or country – and suggests this isn’t an optimal approach to poverty reduction and development.

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