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Following the Money (Scientific American)

June 19, 2009

Scientific American quotes CGD vice president and senior fellow Ruth Levine on funding for global health.

From the article:

"The study “represents a phenomenal amount of legwork,” says Ruth Levine, vice president of the nonprofit Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. “It reinforces the general pattern that most people in the field are aware of. The major new information is on the private side.”

In addition to private philanthropies, non-governmental organizations and businesses have also increased their influence in global health. “It’s a dramatically more complicated arena today,” Murray says. “There’s a much bigger set of actors with different backgrounds and agendas that are active in global health.”

Many of these key players are in Seattle for meetings this week, including the “Health 8”—a meeting modeled after the G-8, an annual forum of world leaders. Representatives from the WHO, the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, UNICEF and the Gates Foundation are there.

The aid landscape today is bleaker than in 2007, with funding under pressure amid the global economic downturn. Making better use of the money available is more important than ever. “A pretty large share of the conversation is likely about worries whether and how funding levels can be sustained,” says Levine. “There’s no question that it’s helpful to have this kind of comprehensive information.”"

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