Anton Kerr, Head of Policy at the Alliance said: ‘The release of the European Commission contribution comes at a critical point in the continuation of the international response to HIV and AIDS, as well as TB and malaria.’
‘We know the decision of the Global Fund Board in November to cancel its 11th funding round and delay program scale-up until 2014 due to lack of funding will have a devastating effect on people and communities around the world.’
‘As such, we welcome the European Commission’s strong support for the Global Fund and call on European institutions to play a strong leadership role in ensuring that EU Member States reconfirm their individual support and urgently deliver on the commitments they made at the Fund’s 2010 Replenishment Meeting’, said Kerr.
In December 2010, the European Commission put on hold its payments to the Global Fund following the publication of a report highlighting cases of fraud and irregularities in a number of grants.
The European Commission commissioned a full audit of four of the named countries in the report – Djibouti, Mali, Zambia and Mauritania. This was completed in late 2011 and concluded that the Global Fund had undertaken the necessary steps to adopt a reform agenda which will prevent and detect fraud and ensure the legality and regularity of grant expenditure in the future.
Value of EC contribution
This payment, worth EUR 115 million, marks a return to normality in the EC’s contribution to the Global Fund. It includes EUR 65 million from the EU General Budget and EUR 50 million from the European Development Fund.
Between 2002 and 2010, European Union Member States and the European Commission provided almost USD 10 billion to the Global Fund, representing 51% of all Global Fund resources.
The European Commission is a founding member of the Global Fund, having contributed EUR 1.2 billion to the Global Fund from 2002-2011, which makes it the sixth largest donor to the Fund.
At the Third Voluntary Replenishment Pledging Conference of the Global Fund in 2010, the European Commission pledged EUR 330 million to the Global Fund for 2011–2013, a 10% increase compared with the previous replenishment.
Call to action
Despite the EC's contribution the Global Fund lacks the vital resources needed to scale programmes to combat HIV, TB and malaria in the coming two years. The Alliance has joined with over 150 other civil society organisations to launch a global call to action for donors and others to step up vital support for Global Fund in the first 200 days of 2012. Organisations who wish to record their support should email email@example.com