Promises, promises and donor aid money

Richard Tren & Jasson Urbach | 20 Aug 2007 | MoneyWeb

It is estimated that the three major communicable diseases, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB, kill approximately 16,000 people every day. G8 leaders have promised to spend $60 billion to fight them, but in reality there is little behind this promise. Of the promised $60 billion it seems that only $15 billion is new money committed by the United States.

A Health Plan for the G8: Focus on How Funds Are Spent

Roger Bate & Philip Coticelli | 06 Jun 2007 |

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was established in 2002 to procure health commodities for the poor. The U.S. taxpayer is the largest contributor, accounting for about a third of the $10 billion the fund has raised to date. This money has put 1.1 million people on HIV/AIDS drugs, treated 2.8 million cases of tuberculosis and distributed 30 million insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). It claims to have saved 1.8 million lives, a figure it is touting at this week's G8 Summit of the world's most powerful governments in Germany. It is asking for $15 billion more by 2010. While it has probably helped countries make progress against disease—if not as much as it claims—persistent problems should be addressed before G8 leaders increase global taxpayer contributions.

Robert Zoellick's Health Challenge at the World Bank

Roger Bate | 05 Jun 2007 |

AFM's Roger Bate comments on Robert Zoellick's new role as head of the World Bank. He suggests, "To make people healthier, he should step back and let other organizations take the lead".

On The Trail Of A Cure: Reality and Rhetoric on Treating Malaria

Roger Bate | 22 Mar 2007 | American Enterprise Institute

The time is long overdue for the Global Fund to improve transparency, establish the quality of the drugs it will allow to be purchased with its funds, and establish where the drugs it purchases actually end up.

Saving Lives Through Honest Accounting

Roger Bate | 12 Feb 2007 |

A new initiative by Senator Tom Coburn could bring badly needed transparency to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Assessing the State of the Union

Roger Bate | 24 Jan 2007 | National Review Online

On Tuesday, President George W. Bush delivered his next to last State of the Union address. National Review Online asked a group of experts to react. Dr. Roger Bate comments.

Reality Check

Roger Bate & Kathryn Boateng | 23 Jan 2007 | Foreign Affairs

Garrett's descriptions of the appalling symptoms of poor health systems are eloquent. But she overlooks some causes of the problem and offers an unconvincing solution.

USAID's Health Challenge: Improving US Foreign Assistance

Roger Bate | 01 Jan 2007 | Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Dr. Roger Bate discusses USAID's public health program progress and challenges.

Myths About the Developing World

Hans Rosling | 23 Sep 2006 | TED

Myths About the Developing World, By Hans Rosling at TED.

Make Federal Spending Transparent

Roger Bate | 09 Sep 2006 | Washington Post

What do Friends of the Earth, the Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have in common? If you think not much, then you are partially wrong: They all love the new Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Introduced by senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the bill requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish and maintain a single public website listing the names and locations of all individuals and groups receiving federal funds, including the amount of federal funds received annually by program.