Aligning Multilateral Support for Global Public Goods for Health Under the Global Action Plan

36 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2019

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Kaci Kennedy McDade

Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Duke University

Jessica Kraus

SEEK Development

Hugo Petitjean

SEEK Development

Christina Schrade

SEEK Development

Sara Fewer

University of California

Naomi Beyeler

University of California

Gavin Yamey

Duke Global Health Institute

Date Written: September 5, 2019

Abstract

Twelve multilateral health and development organizations have signed on to a joint Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (the Global Action Plan). The Global Action Plan includes a call for signatory organizations to align efforts to strengthen the provision of global public goods (GPGs) for health. In this paper, we examined multilateral support for GPGs for health, focusing on the four largest multilateral health organizations — Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the World Bank; and the World Health Organization. Our analysis aimed to understand how these organizations define GPGs for health and support such goods. Taking a cross-cutting view of the four organizations, it also aimed to lay out the steps these organizations could take to align their support for GPGs for health to deliver on the Global Action Plan.

To conduct this analysis, we conducted a desk-based review including relevant academic and grey literature, strategy and finance documents, and grants and projects databases. We also conducted 46 key informant interviews with senior leadership among these organizations as well as individuals from think tanks and academia who have expertise in GPGs for health and/or our multilateral agencies of focus.

Overall, we found that these four organizations lack an explicit GPGs for health strategy and they do not use a common definition of GPGs for health. All four are supporting GPGs for health in some form, through a variety of mechanisms, and it would be valuable to assess which of these are working the most effectively. A long-term, sustained financing mechanism for GPGs for health, and an overarching governance mechanism, will ultimately be needed.

Keywords: Global Public Goods, International Collective Action for Health, Global Action Plan, Aid for Health, World Health Organization, World Bank Group, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

Suggested Citation

McDade, Kaci Kennedy and Kraus, Jessica and Petitjean, Hugo and Schrade, Christina and Fewer, Sara and Beyeler, Naomi and Yamey, Gavin, Aligning Multilateral Support for Global Public Goods for Health Under the Global Action Plan (September 5, 2019). Duke Global Working Paper Series No. 2019/15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3448704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3448704

Kaci Kennedy McDade

Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Duke University ( email )

310 Trent Drive
Box 90519
Durham, NC 27710
United States

Jessica Kraus

SEEK Development ( email )

Cotheniusstr. 3
Berlin, 10407
Germany

Hugo Petitjean

SEEK Development ( email )

Cotheniusstr. 3
Berlin, 10407
Germany

Christina Schrade

SEEK Development ( email )

Cotheniusstr. 3
Berlin, 10407
Germany

Sara Fewer

University of California ( email )

540 Alumni Ln
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Naomi Beyeler

University of California ( email )

540 Alumni Ln
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Gavin Yamey (Contact Author)

Duke Global Health Institute ( email )

Trent Hall
310 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27708
United States

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