On Tuesday Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of his Department’s multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. An overview of the results is available here. The reviews were established shortly after the Coalition Government was formed to look at all areas of the Department’s work and make recommendations for changes to make it more effective. The results are the most comprehensive overview we have yet seen of the Government’s approach to international development and therefore the announcement is an important milestone.
Overall RESULTS strongly welcomes the reviews. It is crucial that UK support for developing countries is focused on truly achieving results for poor people and supporting their own efforts to escape poverty. The top-line results that the Department has committed to delivering through both multilateral and bilateral channels over the next four years to 2015 are:
- Secure schooling for 11 million children
- Help vaccinate more children against preventable diseases than there are people in the whole of England
- Provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth
- Stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly
- Support 13 countries to hold freer and fairer elections
- Help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning
- Provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty [by providing them with access to financial services]
- Stop 10 million more children going hungry
- Help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries
- Help millions of poor people protect their livelihoods from the impact of climate change.
Below we discuss the two reviews in more detail, and while we are broadly supportive of their contents we raise a few questions on specific decisions, as well as pointing out the need for further information on funding decisions and the specifics of country-level programmes. Continue reading
Posted in Department for International Development, International Institutions, News
Tagged Aid, Andrew Mitchell, bilateral aid review, Burundi, Coalition government, DFID, Education for All, Ethiopia, Financial Services, FTI, Gambia, GAVI, Global Fund, Global Health, MDGs, multilateral aid review, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poverty, RESULTS, UNESCO, UNITAID, Yemen
RESULTS is glad to announce that we will be having our next conference called entitled: “Wold TB Day: still neglected, still killing” on the 1st of March 2011. In light of the 29th anniversary of World TB Day taking place on the 24th of March 2011, we are asking our activists to write to their MPs to ask them to take action to ensure that the UK government puts the political priority necessary into the fight against TB and HIV. Click here to download the action materials.
In an editorial published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, experts based at Bangladesh’s Dhaka Community Hospital accuse the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) of ‘covering up’ the G8 countries’ failure to cut TB deaths, in particular in South Asia. The article faults DFID for focusing on preventing the spread of TB to the West instead of addressing the underlying causes of TB, including poor living conditions, sanitation and nutrition. Continue reading
Posted in Department for International Development, Global Health, News, TB
Tagged business plan, DFID, G8, Global Fund, Guardian, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, MDGs, Millennium Development Goals, TB
Yesterday the Department for International Development (DFID) announced that it will provide measures of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The announcement shows that DFID are advancing a payment of £100 million from a previous UK pledge to the Global Fund committing £640million between 2011 and 2015. Although it does not signal new funding as it is an early disbursement of funds already promised, it is positive that DfID have recognised the urgent need for financing at the Global Fund and agreed to release the funds early.
This week international negotiations concluded and agreed to the continued work and funding of the International Development Association (IDA, the part of the World Bank that provides assistance to the poorest countries) for the next three years. A key outcome of these negotiations has been the renewed UK Governments’ commitment to fight poverty by investing in the World Bank. Continue reading
Posted in Department for International Development, Development Finance, Global Health, International Institutions
Tagged Andrew Mitchell, DFID, Global Fund, Health, International Development Assistance, MDGs, Poverty, World Bank
Yesterday the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded its 22nd board meeting, held 13-15 December in Sofia, Bulgaria. In its 10th round of grants, the Global Fund Board approved all 79 proposals that were recommended to it by the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel (TRP), a body of 43 experts who review all grant proposals to ensure that limited resources are invested in technically sound programmes with the greatest chances of success.
During this round the Global Fund approved 34 HIV/AIDS grants, 26 TB grants, and 19 malaria grants, their funding totalling $1.7 billion. Continue reading
Advocates, Mamta Jacob (L) and Joyce Kamwana (R) with Lord Desai (C)
Last week, Joyce Kamwana, Global Fund ‘Here I Am’ campaign ambassador from Malawi and Mamta Jacob, TB Advocacy Programme Manager from India, took part in a weeklong tour to the UK. During the week Joyce and Mamta shared their personal stories with parliamentarians, DFID teams on Reproductive Health and Health Services, civil society partners, representatives from the Malawian and Indian High Commissioners offices in London, as well as RESULTS grassroots activists!
The aim of this advocacy tour was to increase better understanding amongst a wide range of stakeholders of the impact of tuberculosis on women with a particular focus on maternal health, as well as to highlight the subsequent effects of the poor replenishment of the Global Fund on tuberculosis control. Continue reading