Global funds are an increasingly significant part of the global aid
architecture, with funding until recently concentrated in health and
education. These funds have important advantages – including a focus on
results and a specificity that resonates with publics and politicians.
Yet, they have been criticised at the country and global levels. Critics
have raised questions as to whether their funding could be made more
consistent with aid effectiveness principles, whether their funds could
be more effectively used through other funding channels, and the extent
to which the political support they receive translates into higher
overall aid levels.
This report starts with a brief overview of the Paris/Accra approach to
aid effectiveness and a definition of global funds and partnerships and
their role in the overall aid architecture. It goes on to summarise
strategies for allocation of funds across countries, including challenge
funds and results-based aid, as well as specific model examples used by
selected global funds and partnerships.
The report then draws key recommendations for further reforms
articulated around the need to increase the impact of global fund
allocations and to better integrate global funds at country level as
well as specific recommendations for climate funds. The report concludes
by identifying key entry points and potential challenges that should be
kept in mind for the implementation of the specific recommendations.
Isenman, P.; Wathne, C.; Baudienville, G. Global Funds: Allocation Strategies and Aid Effectiveness. Final Report. (2010) 50 pp.
Global Funds: Allocation Strategies and Aid Effectiveness. Final Report.