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Framework shows countries' contributions

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:486
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A method to determine whether countries are contributing their fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was drawn up in 2002 by experts in development aid.

    The system, known as the equitable contributions framework, is used by organisations such as Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Fund the Fund to persuade countries not to shirk their responsibilities.

    The basis of the framework is that funding should be drawn from the 37 “most comfortably off” countries in the world.

    The fund has stated that it needs to receive $1.56bn (£0.83bn; a1.24bn) during 2004. Consequently, the authors of the framework divided the $1.56bn between the 37 richest countries according to their percentage share of the total GNP.

    The table shows that certain countries, such as France and Italy, have contributed more than their fair share and others, such as Japan and the United States, have contributed less.

    Amounts ($m) pledged to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2004, compared with “equitable contribution” (calculated as proportion of global fund's total budget relative to country's gross national product (GNP)

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