Our History

Aidspan works only on Global Fund issues. It seeks to be of benefit to all countries interested in Global Fund issues, and to serve all sectors. A few highlights of its work are:

  • December 2002: Aidspan launched Global Fund Observer (GFO), rapidly establishing it as the definitive source of news, analysis and commentary about the Global Fund.

  • 2002-2004: Over the first two years of the Global Fund, Aidspan, working with two others, developed and refined the Equitable Contributions Framework, an analytical technique which proposed how much money each donor country should give to the Fund based on that country’s relative wealth. This approach (which was adopted by many advocacy NGOs, and then, in modified form, by the Global Fund itself) is believed to have had a distinct impact on governmental contributions to the Fund.

  • March 2004: Aidspan published its first “Guide to Applying to the Global Fund,” updating it annually thereafter.

  • July 2005: The Global Fund launched an in-depth external audit of Secretariat procedures after Aidspan wrote a confidential memo to the Fund’s Chair raising certain concerns.

  • Aug. 2005: The Global Fund temporarily suspended all grants to Uganda after confirming allegations regarding corruption first made when a reader of GFO contacted Aidspan, and Aidspan took the matter up with the Fund.

  • Jan. 2007: Aidspan held a Round Table on problems faced by Global Fund recipients in accessing technical assistance, attended by the heads of UNAIDS, PEPFAR, the WHO and World Bank AIDS programmes, and other global health leaders.

  • May 2007: Aidspan moved its headquarters from New York, US, to Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Sept. 2007: Aidspan described in GFO how China had almost entirely reversed plans to use grass-roots NGOs to implement much of an innovative Global Fund grant.

  •  April 2008: Aidspan held a Round Table to discuss what could be done to enable countries funded by the Fund to significantly increase the scale of their operations.

  • Feb. 2009: Aidspan circulated a memo providing detailed information regarding major problems in the implementation of Kenya’s Global Fund grants.

  • March 2009: Uganda jailed two officials for Global Fund-related corruption that was first reported by Aidspan. (Two more were jailed in July 2009.)

  • 2009: Aidspan developed its Strategic Plan for 2010-2013, based on which it raised increased funding.

  • June 2010: Aidspan published a Commentary in GFO entitled “Is the Global Fund Living Up to Its Principles?” which pointed out that despite the Fund’s commitment to performance-based funding, not one Global Fund grant had been terminated at the end of Phase 1 during the previous three years. During the subsequent one year, six such grants were terminated.

  • 2010: Aidspan increased its staff from five to ten, with two more being added in 2012.

  • May 2011: Aidspan published a Commentary in GFO entitled “Auditing the Auditor” which discussing problems with the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The Commentary led to GFO receiving and publishing Letters to the Editor from the heads of five principal recipients, one Minister of Health, a CCM, and the Chair of the Global Fund Board.

  • April 2012: Aidspan provided testimony to a UK parliamentary committee in which it said that the Global Fund could not afford to have a second year like 2011, and might be permanently damaged if it did.