Funding Global Health
Sophie E. Smyth
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
Anna F. Triponel
Public International Law & Policy Group - Virginia Office
September 20, 2013
Health and Human Rights, Vol. 15, No. 1 (June 2013)
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-25
Experience teaches that the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) will need a financing facility if it is to garner widespread acceptance among low-income countries. The promise of financing is a well-established carrot to encourage countries to assume new convention-imposed obligations that will be costly to carry out. Promising to provide financing as part of an intergovernmental call for commitment also activates a rights-based approach. For donor and recipient countries, a funding facility embodies an actualization of their commitment to a convention’s collective undertaking to address a given issue. Donors signal their commitment through their contributions; recipients signal commitment through their efforts to use any support received to achieve the convention’s objectives. This essay highlights the need for an FCGH financing facility, provides a preliminary sketch of what it should look like, and urges the facility’s creators to adopt a bold and innovative approach that draws upon, but improves, current precedents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Global Health, Public Health, International Development, Millennium Development Goals, GEF, Global Fund, EFA, Education For All, World Bank, IDA, Public-Private Partnership, UNFCC, Human Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Green Climate Fund, GAVI Alliance, Avian Flu, Swine Flu
JEL Classification: K32, K33, K00, K10, K19
Date posted: July 4, 2013 ; Last revised: September 21, 2013
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