Follow the Aid Money

$37.6 billion was spent on development aid for health in 2016. But where does it all go?

In low-income countries, the funds enable life-saving interventions, treatments, and medicines. But the finer details of aid allocation often lack transparency, write Y-Ling Chi, Kalipso Chalkidou and Jesse Bump, who reviewed 9 multilateral institutions.

Earmarked funds make up 75% of the budget for the WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP—but their allocation is “negotiated through closed consultations that are not documented.” Funds are often allocated based on gross national income (GNI) per capita—an unreliable metric when growing GNI doesn’t equate to lower poverty, they write.

Center for Global Development

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