Securing political and financial support for the global HIV response

A case study of the post-2000 surge in donor funding
Research paper Published 6 July 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78413 567 6 DOI: 10.55317/9781784135676
An activist dressed in black holds a replica of the red ribbon symbolizing awareness of and support for those living with HIV. They also raise the palm of their right hand, which is painted with the slogan 'Stop AIDS'.

International donors have repeatedly failed to commit the funding necessary to address core global health priorities. The global HIV response since 2000 has been a rare exception.

This research paper aims to explain the health and political factors leading to the surge in funding for the HIV response, particularly from the perspective of donors, and to seek insight into how other global health issues might gain similar political and financial support.

Among other such insights, the paper finds that support for HIV-focused initiatives was a result of determined pursuits through multiple channels by key individuals, strong action on the part of civil society and public health professionals, and of narratives framing the disease as more than simply an issue of public health.