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AIDS Donors and Patients Need the World Bank – but Only If It Is Hard to Provoke

Earlier this year, Uganda’s President signed into law an Anti-Homosexuality Act  that strengthens penalties against gay people and defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison.  If enforced to its full extent, the law is expected to endanger public health by handicapping HIV prevention and treatment efforts; already, the national police have raided and forced a US-supported HIV/AIDS treatment center to shut down. 

Global Health Loves N-Grams Too!

Continuing the N-gram craze (see Charles Kenny’s post here), I’ve compared the Google Books presence of the World Bank to the World Health Organization. The good news: WHO’s star is on the rise!

Mapping Development Trends in Google N-Grams

A few days ago, Google put online a tool designed as a time-suck for the holiday season (HT to Marginal Revolution for the link).  Google N-gram viewer allows you to type in some search terms and it spits out how often those terms appear in Google Books by year of publication.  Google books now contains 5,195,769 digitized books –or about 4% of all books ever published—so that it’s a pretty powerful tool to monitor cultural trends.

My World AIDS Day Wish: Data and Greater Transparency

After almost five years (yes, it’s been that long!) of tracking and analyzing key features of the design, delivery and management of top global AIDS donors, several key policy debates have emerged from the HIV/AIDS Monitor’s country-level studies. Perhaps the most prominent was our call for greater information and data transparency, because we found that the lack of data made effectiveness analysis difficult, if not impossible.

A Refreshingly Open Debate on the Value of Universal Access to AIDS Treatment for U.S. Foreign Policy

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a debate last Friday with the provocative title “Resolved: That the US commitment to universal HIV/AIDS treatment is unsustainable and decreases US leverage in the nations’ foreign policy.”  (Note: This resolution which you will hear debated is edgier and has more foreign policy content than the one you will see when you click on the above link.)  Moderated by

Does the Global Fund Reach the Most Marginalized and At-Risk Populations? (Postcard from Vienna)

Under the banner “Rights Here, Right Now,” the International AIDS Conference currently taking place in Vienna is committed to translating funding for human rights-based programming for HIV to address the stigma and discrimination that often impede an effective response. On Wednesday, Global Fund executive director Michel Kazatchkine and others participated in a session titled “The Global Fund: Proving Impact, Promoting Rights.”  The majority of their discussion focused on how the Global Fund can better address t

Do PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and the World Bank MAP Make Funding Decisions Against Performance? And Why This Matters NOW!

With contributions from David Wendt.

In 2008, international AIDS assistance from the G-8, European Commission, and other donor governments reached its highest level to date--US $8.7 billion—a greater than fivefold increase from 2002 levels. Despite this increase, it is unlikely that this funding trend will continue in the current global economic downturn.

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CGD Brief: Every Dollar Counts: How Global AIDS Donors Can Better Link Funding Decisions to Performance

As funding becomes more constrained, donors and recipient countries will need to do more and better with the same amount of money—for HIV treatment, prevention and care, health systems strengthening, family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition. This pressure pushes donors to ensure that funding goes only to the most effective programs. How might they do that?

Can HIV/AIDS Donors be the lead "Gender Bender" of Global Development?

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post

The current economic crisis is forcing HIV/AIDS donors to do more with less. Taking on gender inequality in more than a token way to improve efficiency and effectiveness is a no brainer. The current U.S. administration has made women and girls a high priority so PEPFAR has all the political backing it needs, and multi-lateral donors like the Global Fund and the World Bank also have full support from their boards of directors. The powerful combination of budget squeeze and political commitment creates an opportunity for three of the largest HIV/AIDS donors to become the lead “gender bender” in global development; that is, to support development programs that transform the lives of women and girls, and thus the societies in which they live.