13 April 2016
GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was ranked among the top five organizations and nations that are major donors of global aid for its transparency and accountability, a report published on Wednesday showed.
Released by the non-profit Publish What You Fund, the AID Transparency Index also showed that the Global Fund ranked first in three of the operational categories – performance, related documents, and basic information.
Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said the results of the report underlined the organization’s unwavering commitment to transparency and accountability as it pursues its mandate to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics.
“Transparency is essential for any organization that invests public money for the public good," said Dr. Dybul. "It is in the bedrock of our founding principles, and absolutely crucial to our effectiveness."
Health investments made through the Global Fund partnership have saved 17 million lives, expanding opportunity and achieving greater social justice for families and communities worldwide.
“The Global Fund partnership has made exceptional progress towards the global goal of eliminating the three diseases as epidemics by 2030, but we are not there yet. We need every dollar to get the job done. And this is where efficiency and transparency play a vital role,” Dr. Dybul said.
Dr. Dybul said transparency was both a commitment towards donors to make sure development aid is spent effectively, particularly at a time of fiscal constraint, and a moral obligation towards the people we serve.
“Transparency and accountability mean life-saving commodities are procured and delivered on time and in a cost-effective way. It also means that our programs are reaching the people who need them the most – adolescent girls and women, people in poor communities with little access to health care, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and prisoners. It means we continue promoting and protecting human rights, promoting gender equality, and making sure health investments are helping countries build resilient and sustainable systems for health.”
As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. The Global Fund’s operating costs are just 2.3 percent of grants under management, reflecting an exceptionally high degree of efficiency.