• About The Global Fund

    The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

    Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. 

    We operate with three core principles: partnership, country ownership and performance-based funding. All partners need to take part in decision-making. People actually implementing grants know the best way to fight disease in their country, and come up with the most effective solutions. Funding should be provided where it can achieve the best results. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we strive for maximum impact.

    Working together, we have saved millions of lives and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people, helping to revitalize entire communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies.

    Global Fund staff, all based in Geneva, Switzerland, come from all professional backgrounds and from more than 100 different countries, united in their dedication to the defeat of these epidemics.


    Everything the Global Fund does – from governance to grant-making – is based upon three key principles.

    Partnership – The only way to defeat AIDS, TB and malaria is byworking together. Under the Global Fund business model, the work is carried out by all stakeholders working together, including government, civil society, communities living with the disease, technical partners, the private sector, faith-based organizations, academics, and other multilateral and bilateral agencies All those involved in the fight should be involved in the decision-making process.

    Country Ownership – The countries where we support programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria know how to solve their own problems. The principle of country ownership means that countries determine their own solutions to fighting these three diseases, and take full responsibility for ensuring the implementation of these solutions. In this way, each country can tailor their response to their own political, cultural and epidemiological context.

    Performance-based funding – That means that ongoing financing is dependent upon performance. While initial funding is awarded based on the strength of a proposal, continued funding is dependent upon the demonstration of proven results. In essence, countries must be able to show where the money has been spent and what results have been achieved with that money in order to continue to receive ongoing funding.

    Together, country ownership, performance-based funding and partnership form the foundation of the Global Fund model.