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DONOR GOVERNMENTS PLEDGE RECORD AMOUNTS TO THE FUND
GFO Issue 77

DONOR GOVERNMENTS PLEDGE RECORD AMOUNTS TO THE FUND

Author:

Bernard Rivers

Article Type:
News

Article Number: 1

ABSTRACT Donors are expected to give the Global Fund at least $9.7 billion over the next three years, 57% more than they gave over the past three years. The pledges made at last week's Global Fund Replenishment Meeting in Berlin, chaired by Kofi Annan, constituted the largest single financing exercise for health that has ever taken place.

Donors are expected to give the Global Fund at least $9.7 billion over the next three years, 57% more than they gave over the past three years.

Twenty-six donor governments and one foundation, gathering at a Replenishment Meeting in Berlin, Germany that ended on Friday, promised that during the years 2008-10 they would give at least $6.3 billion to the Fund. With the Fund projecting that other donors will give at least $3.4 billion, this leads to a total of $9.7 billion.

The G8 has declared that in the year 2010, the Fund will need to spend $6 billion, or possibly as much as $8 billion. (This compares with its likely expenditure this year of $3.2 billion.) The Fund says that its total needs over the three years 2008-10 will be $12-18 billion. Over the past few months, donor government studied the Fund’s needs and effectiveness and deliberated over how much each would commit to for the three years 2008-10. They then came to Berlin last week to announce their decisions.

The Replenishment Meeting was chaired by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, and opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The pledges constitute the largest single financing exercise for health that has ever taken place. The amounts pledged were as shown in the table below. Some highlights of the pledges were as follows:

  • The three countries that pledged (or are projected to pledge) the most for 2008-10 were USA ($2,172 m.), France ($1,274 m.) and the UK ($729 m.).
  • The three countries that pledged the largest percentage of their Gross National Income (GNI) were Norway (0.087%), Ireland (0.076%) and Sweden (0.075%).,
  • The country that pledged the largest amount per capita was the Netherlands. (Of course, as one participant humorously pointed out, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged considerably more per capita.)
  • The three developed countries that pledged the smallest percentage of their GNI were Japan, Finland and Switzerland (0.004% each).
  • The three countries whose pledges grew the most since from their pledges for the previous three years were Russia (increased 8.7 times), Saudi Arabia (3.6 times) and Spain (3.4 times).

Donor Pledges to the Global Fund

 

Pledged

for 2005-7,
US $ million

Pledged

for 2008-10,
US $ million

Multiple
(2008-10 vs. 2005-7)
2008-10 pledge as %

of GNI

Australia 43.0 118.9 2.8 0.018%
Belgium 32.8 76.4 2.3 0.020%
Canada * 331.5 375.0 1.1 0.036%
China 6.0 6.0 1.0 0.000%
Denmark 72.7 98.7 1.4 0.038%
European Commission 322.9 424.5 1.3 n/a
Finland 7.0 8.5 1.2 0.004%
France 880.1 1,273.6 1.4 0.058%
Germany 314.6 849.1 2.7 0.030%
India 4.0 7.0 1.8 0.001%
Indonesia * 0.0 15.0 n/a n/a
Ireland 64.5 127.4 2.0 0.076%
Italy 485.2 551.9 1.1 0.032%
Japan * 416.2 183.8 0.4 0.004%
Korea (Republic of) 3.5 7.0 2.0 n/a
Luxembourg 8.1 10.6 1.3 0.035%
Netherlands 215.5 325.5 1.5 0.054%
Norway 116.9 240.5 2.1 0.087%
Portugal 6.5 8.0 1.2 0.005%
Russia 25.0 217.0 8.7 0.034%
Saudi Arabia 5.0 18.0 3.6 0.006%
Singapore 0.6 0.2 0.3 n/a
South Africa 6.1 0.1 0.0 0.000%
Spain 178.9 600.0 3.4 0.055%
Spain (Catalan region) 5.3 1.5 0.3 n/a
Sweden 191.9 279.5 1.5 0.075%
Switzerland 14.6 17.9 1.2 0.004%
Thailand 3.0 3.0 1.0 n/a
United Kingdom 490.0 728.6 1.5 0.032%
United States * 1,651.0 2,172.0 1.3 0.017%
Other Countries 14.1 0.0 0.0 n/a
 
Gates Foundation 200.0 300.0 1.5 n/a
UNITAID 52.5 0.0 0.0 n/a
Private sector, including (Product) Red, and UN Foundation and its donors * 46.0 420.0 9.2 n/a
Debt2Health * 0.0 283.0 n/a n/a
Total: 6,214.7 9,748.2 1.6  

 

* Regarding 2008-10: Projection by the Global Fund, rather than a commitment by this country.

[Note 1: The figures regarding 2008-10 are as stated verbally at the Replenishment Meeting. For definitive final numbers and explanatory comments, see the table that will be published on Monday at the Global Fund website, www.theglobalfund.org.]

[Note 2: See also Analysis: New Donor Pledges Free Round 8 Applicants to Submit Bold Proposals, below.]

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