Value for Money, Accountability and Sustainability in the Health Sector Conference
The conference for African Ministers of Finance and Health entitled “Value for Money, Accountability and Sustainability in the Health Sector” (4-5 July 2012, Tunis) was a high-level dialogue among key stakeholders on governance, domestic accountability and efficiency for health services.
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UN Report - Together we will end AIDS
Ahead of the 19th International AIDS Conference next week, the United Nations launched a new report today that shows that a record eight million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy, and that domestic funding for HIV has exceeded global investments.
The report, entitled ‘Together we will end AIDS,’ states that low- and middle-income countries invested $8.6 billion for the HIV/AIDS response in 2011, an increase of 11 per cent over 2010. International funding, meanwhile, remained flat at 2008 levels – $8.2 billion.
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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
This report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2011, tracks funding levels of the donor governments that collectively provide the bulk of international assistance for AIDS through bilateral programs and contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The analysis finds that donor government support for HIV/AIDS relief returned to prior levels in 2011 after a drop in 2010, but has been roughly flat since the recession hit world economies in 2008.
The data were collected and analysed through a collaborative effort between UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Global Fund - Funding Evolution Model
The Global Fund will introduce a new funding model that replaces the rounds system with a more flexible and effective model, and facilitates strategic refocusing of existing investments.This model, addresses both how new funding is provided and how existing funding can be refocused. View the presentation for an overview.
SECTION27's statement on the 2012 Budget Speech
SECTION27 welcomes increases in the health care budget, but concerns remain. Finance Minister PravinGordhan delivered the 2012/13 Budget Speech to Parliament yesterday. Considering the difficult fiscal environment in which the 2012/13-2014/15 was formulated, SECTION27 welcomes the proposed increase to the health budget of R12.3 billion over the next three years.
Universal Health Coverage Information Hub Launched
R4D: The UHC Forward has been launched — a new online hub that consolidates news, events, and publications related to the global universal health coverage (UHC) movement. Visitors can stay informed of health coverage efforts in countries around the world, explore key issues and policy debates, exchange ideas and find links to additional resources to support their own efforts.
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Global Fund: Finding a way to remobilise
Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes that though the Global Fund has allowed so many lives to be saved, the financial crisis is worrying. We are closer than ever before to ending major epidemics and attaining the Millennium goals for health. On the other, the economic crisis is imposing major budget restrictions on the development aid provided by wealthy countries, and exerting strong pressure on budgets devoted to the social sector in the developing world.
Civil Society Night Vigil for Budget Justice
South African social movements and civil society organisations presented a Call for Budget Justice to the Ministry of Finance at “Night Vigil for Budget Justice” on 21 February 2012 at 18h00, outside Parliament in Cape Town. As Finance Minister, PravinGordhan, prepared to give his 2012 Budget Speech, the action was aimed at reminding government that the wealth of South Africa belongs to all, and that taxes raised and spent are intended to ensure that everyone lives the dignified promised in our Constitution.
Demonstrators rally to urge African leaders to spend more on health
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Health Policy Analyst Dr Mit Phillips described the cancelation of the Global Fund's Round 11 as a "catastrophe," as protesters demonstrated to call on African leaders to commit more internal resources to the HIV response. Dr Phillips said the cancelation will have devastating consequences on millions of people who are yet to access ARV drugs.
Budget transparency Policy Brief [one.org]
When citizens do not have sufficient information about how their government prioritises and spends public resources, they cannot help to set those priorities or hold their governments accountable for the effective use of public resources.
Unfortunately, few developing country governments publish sufficient budget information to allow their citizens to understand and engage with their country’s budget. Budget transparency can help to ensure that spending priorities are in line with the needs of the people and create strong, inclusive economies.
"Improving governance through budget transparency" by Michael Lipsky, Huffington Post
A secondary result of the fiscal crises now spooling out in the United States and Europe will be greater scrutiny of the efficacy of public expenditures. Nowhere is this likely to have greater impact than in foreign aid and development assistance, as countries demand greater accountability for each dollar or euro spent. At the same time, citizens in many countries receiving assistance are also pressuring their governments for accountability.
IBP: Fiscal transparency and subnational governance
The IBP's Open Budget Initiative has issued new information as part of a multi-year research project combining quantitative and qualitative evidence on the causes and consequences of budget transparency, participation, and accountability. These working papers address some of the gaps in the literature, and verify the usefulness of its Open Budget Index as a measure of budget transparency.
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As subnational governments are increasingly charged with implementing government spending, a clear understanding of where, when, and how public monies are spent at that level is essential for citizens to hold those governments to account. Recognizing this, as well as the scarcity of academic and policy literature on the subject, the IBP’s Open Budget Initiative commissioned 10 pilot studies.
Read summaries, full reports, methodologies, questionnaires, and media coverage from each of these studies.
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