Background and Milestones
Friends of the Global Fight was founded in 2004 as an independent nonprofit in Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest public health financier. Since its founding, Friends has helped the Global Fund achieve progressively larger funding from the U.S. government — from $435 million in FY 2005 to $1.65 billion in FY 2014. Below are some critical milestones that have led to this funding success:
2016 On Sep. 17, world leaders announced a commitment of more than $12.9 billion to the Global Fund at the launch of the Fifth Voluntary Replenishment in Montreal
2016 On Aug. 31, the Obama Administration announced the United States government commitment of up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund through 2019.
2016 On July 26, Friends announced Chris Collins as the organization’s new President.
2016 On July 12, the House Appropriations Committee approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs, including $8.92 billion for global health programs.
2016 On May 9, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian government will host the Fifth Voluntary Replenishment Pledging Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montréal on Sept. 16.
2016 On March 3, the European Commission announced a pledge of €470 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the three-year period beginning in 2017, an increase of €100 million over their previous contribution.
2016 On Feb. 9, the Obama Administration released its budget request for FY 2017, which included $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
2015 On Dec. 17, the Global Fund hosted a Replenishment Preparatory meeting in Tokyo, Japan, and released its Investment Case.
2015 On Nov. 30, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gayle E. Smith as the 17th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Friends commended this confirmation.
2015 On Sept. 28, Friends hosted a breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly. The event featured strategic discussions regarding the 2016 Global Fund Replenishment Conference, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Care (UHC).
2015 On July 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs. The bill provided $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
2015 On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs, which recommended up to $1.35 billion for the Global Fund.
2015 On April 22, Friends joined with the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign to host a Capitol Hill event honoring the critical role of faith-based organizations in the fight against malaria.
2015 On April 1, at the Global Fund’s 33rd Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Norbert Hauser was named the next Chair of the Board and Aida Kurtovic as Vice Chair.
2015 On March 16, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government would host the Global Fund’s Pre-Replenishment Meeting in Tokyo on Dec. 17, 2015.
2015 On Feb. 2, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, including $1.107 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
2014 On Dec. 13, Congress passed, and President Obama later signed into law, a continuing resolution-omnibus (CR/omnibus) appropriations bill which included $1.35 billion for the Global Fund. This is the same level of funding President Obama requested in his FY 2015 budget request.
2014 On Dec. 2, immediately on the heels of World AIDS Day, Friends, together with the Motion Picture Association of America, honored those whose advocacy, legislative efforts, leadership, research and science have brought us closer to an AIDS-free generation.
2014 Luxembourg increased its financial commitment to the Global Fund for 2014, thereby unlocking additional contributions from the United States and the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York that Luxembourg would make an additional pledge of $630,410 for 2014, in addition to its earlier pledge of $3.15 million.
2014 On July 31, the German parliament voted to increase Germany’s contribution to the Global Fund by more than 20 percent to reach EUR 245 million (approximately US $334 million) for 2014, reaffirming the country’s continued commitment to global health and helping to increase the total amount mobilized during the 4th Voluntary Replenishment to more than $12.28 billion.
2014 In its Quality of Official Development Assistance 2014 report, released in July, the Center for Global Development ranked the Global Fund as the top donor in maximizing efficiency.
2014 In June, the Council on Foreign Relations lauded the Global Fund in the Public Health category of its 2014 Global Governance Report Card for changes made under the new funding model.
2014 Also in June, the full House and Senate Appropriations Committees each approved FY 2015 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bills that allocated $1.35 billion to the Global Fund — the same amount requested by the President in his FY 2015 budget proposal.
2014 On March 4, President Obama included a request of $1.35 billion for the Global Fund, plus an additional $300 million increase through the new Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, if enacted by Congress, in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015. This level of funding is the most the U.S. government can contribute at this time and consistent with the President’s historic commitment in December 2013.
2014 In January, Congress passed the FY 2014 consolidated appropriations bill that included $1.65 billion for the Global Fund. This is the same level of funding President Obama requested in his FY 2014 budget proposal, which was released in April 2013.
2013 On Dec. 3, 2013, the Global Fund held its Fourth Voluntary Replenishment conference in Washington, D.C., at which donors announced their commitments to the organization for 2014 to 2016. The collective efforts of the Global Fund, its partners and advocates resulted in the largest financial pledge ever made to the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Together, 25 donor and implementing countries, private foundations and companies pledged $12 billion to the Global Fund, representing a 30 percent increase over hard commitments secured at the prior replenishment meeting in 2010. These announcements set the stage for a multiyear replenishment effort that will continue into 2014 and beyond.
2013 Friends co-hosted a congressional breakfast with the Global Fund and Friends of the Global Fund, Africa during the two days of the Global Fund’s Fourth Voluntary Replenishment conference. The program was moderated by Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson. Speakers included National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice, Global Fund Executive Director Dr. Mark Dybul, The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP from the United Kingdom, H.E. Dr. Richard Kamwi, the Minister of Health of Namibia, and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates. In addition, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); H.E. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Minister of Health of Rwanda; H.E. Professor Chukwu, the Minister of Health of Nigeria; and Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Seji Kihara, all provided brief remarks.
2013 At the White House observation of World AIDS Day on Dec. 2, 2013, President Obama announced that the U.S. Administration would commit $4 billion to the Global Fund for the replenishment period 2014 to 2016 — plus an additional $1 billion through a challenge grant — for a total commitment of up to $5 billion. Under this challenge grant, the U.S. will contribute $1 for every $2 committed by international donors. This marks a potential $1 billion increase from the Administration’s previous pledge to the Global Fund for 2010-2013.
2013 On Nov. 21, 2013, Congress passed the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 with unanimous, bipartisan support. The bill extended expiring oversight provisions of PEPFAR as well as the 33 percent cap on U.S. contributions to the Global Fund.
2013 The House and Senate State and Foreign Operations appropriators allocate $1.65 billion for the Global Fund in their bills for FY 2014 – a record funding level in the House. 2013 Friends orchestrates Dr. Dybul’s participation in a highly successful malaria briefing before the House.
2013 Friends hosts Dr. Mark Dybul for his first official visit to the U.S. after his appointment as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund, planning and executing a four day roll-out in Washington, D.C., that included meetings and events with the U.S. Congress, the Administration and the global health advocacy community.
2012 The U.S. Congress approves $1.65 billion for the Global Fund in a continuing resolution for FY 2013.
2012 Friends hosts high-level dinner during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., resulting in a total U.S. contribution of $1.3 billion to the Global Fund for FY 2012.
2012 Friends hosts widely attended event on Capitol Hill highlighting the Global Fund’s public-private partnerships with Coca-Cola, Chevron, (RED) and PEPFAR.
2012 Friends conducts more than 60 meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff, and facilitates 11 meetings between Global Fund leadership and key stakeholders on Capitol Hill.
2011 Friends hosts widely attended event on Capitol Hill highlighting the Global Fund’s work with faith-based organizations including World Vision, Lutheran World Relief and the United Methodist Church.
2010 The U.S. Administration makes an unprecedented pledge of $4 billion to the Global Fund for FY 2011 through FY 2013.
2009 Friends conducts dozens of meetings with members of Congress, congressional staff and the Administration.
2008 The U.S. Congress approves $1 billion for the Global Fund for FY 2009.
2008 Friends collaborates with Congress to facilitate the Global Fund’s Access to Life photo exhibit at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, Calif., and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
2004 The U.S. Congress approves $435 million for the Global Fund for FY 2005.
2004 Philanthropist Ed Scott founded Friends, led by renowned D.C. influencer Jack Valenti, to give the Global Fund a much-needed voice in Washington, D.C.
2003 President Bush launches the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The U.S. Congress includes support for the Global Fund in the law that authorizes PEPFAR.
2002 Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. provides the founding contribution of $300 million to the Global Fund.
2001 Kofi Annan calls for the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, noting that a “war chest” was needed to defeat these three deadly diseases.