The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was founded in 2002 with the goal of eradicating these diseases as epidemics. It operates as a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector, and people affected by the diseases, and manages funds totaling US$4 billion a year.1 The Global Fund works according to three main principles, which inform all areas of its activities: partnership, country ownership, and performance-based funding.
The principle of partnership recognizes the need to ensure that all stakeholders have a role in eradicating these diseases and that government, civil society, people living with the disease (PLWD), and other groups collaborate and cooperate with each other. Country ownership means that countries develop their own programs and solutions to fight the diseases and are responsible for their implementation. Performance-based funding ensures that financing is dependent on successful outcomes and that spending is transparent and properly documented.3 Together, these principles form the basis of the Global Fund’s funding model. The complete Global Fund Strategy for 2012-2016 can be found here.