Category Archives: International Institutions

What Does the Global Fund Mean to Africans?

Friends Africa logoThe Friends of the Global Fund Africa (known as “Friends Africa“) is a Pan-African organization which works to mobilize strategic political and financial support for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria. In the run-up to this year’s replenishment conference for the Global Fund, happening in a couple of days time on October the 4th-5th, they have produced an excellent document that translates the facts and figures – the millions of lives saved and billions spent – that are so frequently spoken about when we talk about the Fund’s impact into personal, tangible stories of what the Global Fund has been able to achieve for real people across Africa. Continue reading

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Global Fund the “easiest funding programme we’ve had on African continent”

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria has posted a video of three African health ministers talking about the Global Fund in Rwanda, Botswana and Lesotho. The three women, Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho; Joy Phumaphi, former Health Minister, Botswana and former World Bank Vice President; and Agnes Binagwaho, Permanent Secretary of Health, Rwanda and Chair of Rwanda’s Country Coordinating Mechanism, share their experiences of Global Fund financing from the perspective of grant holders in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by HIV.

They tell a compelling story. Mphu, who says she can “only sing praises of the Global Fund”, Continue reading

Aaron Oxley attends Climate Change Conference to raise awareness of microinsurance against climate disasters

This week RESULTS’ Executive Director Aaron Oxley took part in the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Climate Change negotiations in Bonn. Aaron met with key players in the UNFCCC process, which was intended to reach an international agreement on preventing further climate change and adapting to change that is now inevitable, in order to promote the inclusion of microinsurance against climate disasters in the outcome documents from the negotiations. Microinsurance remains one of the few interventions being discussed at the UNFCCC negotiations that will directly and immediately begin protecting the poor.

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Highlights from the RESULTS International Conference

RESULTS International partners at the World Bank

Last week, over 300 RESULTS advocates from across the globe joined together to celebrate 30 years of RESULTS at the International Conference in Washington DC.  Whilst the majority of participants were advocates from groups around the USA, there were also participants from Australia, Canada, DR Congo, France, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Zambia… and of course the UK (proudly represented by Aparna, Julia and Louise). Continue reading

Did the G8 deliver for the poor?

Over the weekend, leaders of the richest nations – including British Prime Minster David Cameron – met for the annual G8 summit near Toronto in Canada. The summit was immediately followed by a meeting of the G20.

Despite a focus on maternal and child health (see our other post for more detail on the Canadian-led initiative that was announced) the G8 has been accused of abandoning the world’s poor and missing the opportunity to build momentum ahead of the UN Millennium Development Goal summit which is being held later this year. Continue reading

Aid Effectiveness and Health: An Important New Report

ACTION (Advocacy to Control Tuberculosis Internationally), an international partnership of advocates fighting for resources to treat and prevent the spread of TB, released a report today (available here) evaluating the effectiveness of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) for health. SWAps are a funding mechanism that helps donors to pool their funding for a particular sector – in this case, healthcare – in order to pool donor funds for efficient administration and facilitate a country-led and country-owned process.

The report titled ‘Aid without Impact: How the World Bank and Development Partners Are Failing to Improve Health through SWAps,’ assesses whether efforts to strengthen health systems with SWAps have been successful in fighting TB and in delivering health outcomes. The overall conclusion is that while SWAps are an important component of the international aid architecture, changes need to be made to the way they work in order to increase their effectiveness and ensure they deliver real positive outcomes.

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New round of climate change talks – will adaptation funding reach the poorest?

A new round of UN climate change negotiations got under way last Monday with the intention of reaching a new global agreement by the end of this year. During the two-week round of talks, representatives from 182 governments will try to iron out their issues before the next major annual conference (COP-16) which will be held in Cancun from 29 November – 10 December this year. Continue reading