What We Are
Aidspan is an international non-profit organization based in Kenya whose vision is for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to raise and disburse enough money to fight AIDS, TB and malaria worldwide, in a transparent and accountable process that achieves the greatest possible impact.
Aidspan's mission is to reinforce the effectiveness of the Global Fund and does so by serving as an independent watchdog of the Global Fund and of the implementers of its grants.
Aidspan's current Strategic Framework (2014 - 2016) in summary form is available here.
Aidspan is funded by grants from governments, foundations and private individuals. Aidspan does not accept funding of any kind from the Global Fund.
Aidspan and the Global Fund maintain a positive working relationship, but have no formal connection. Aidspan does not allow its strategic, programmatic or editorial decision-making to be influenced by the Global Fund or by relationships with current or potential funders. The Global Fund and Aidspan's funders bear no responsibility for the contents of any Aidspan publication.
Aidspan was incorporated in the USA in 2002 and was registered in 2003 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. From 2002-2007, Aidspan did most of its work from New York.
In 2007 Aidspan chose to move its office, and grow its staff in Nairobi, Kenya. A growing group of correspondents for Global Fund Observer are based across six continents. Aidspan believes that a watchdog agency, committed to increasing the effectiveness of the Global Fund and holding it accountable, should be based in the South, where most Global Fund grants are implemented, rather than in the North, where much of the money comes from.