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Funding Global Health

Health and Human Rights, Vol. 15, No. 1 (June 2013)

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-25

14 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2013 Last revised: 21 Sep 2013

Sophie E. Smyth

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Anna F. Triponel

Public International Law & Policy Group - Virginia Office; Triponel Consulting

Date Written: September 20, 2013

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

Smyth, Sophie E. and Triponel, Anna F., Funding Global Health (September 20, 2013). Health and Human Rights, Vol. 15, No. 1 (June 2013); Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289402

Sophie E. Smyth (Contact Author)

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Anna F. Triponel

Public International Law & Policy Group - Virginia Office ( email )

3600 North Vernon Street
Arlington, VA 22207
United States

Triponel Consulting ( email )

Carwood Park
Selby Road
Leeds, England LS15 4LG
United Kingdom

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