Amid reports of misuse of grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Sweden indicated it will withhold its contributions to the fund, unless measures to ensure that funding is not siphoned off are bolstered. A report by The Associated Press claims that as much as two-thirds of grants provided by the fund end up in corrupt activities.
The Global Fund has rebuffed the report, saying misappropriated funding amounts to USD34 million, a fraction of its total disbursement of USD13 billion since 2002.
The United Nations came out last week with aid appeals for Sri Lanka and Liberia. Sri Lanka has been reeling from devastating floods, while Ivorian refugees have been flocking to Liberia amid the political crisis in their homeland.
U.N. Economic and Social Council President Lazarous Kapambwe has said improving progress on the Millennium Development Goals is among his priorities for 2011. Meantime, Michelle Bachelet, executive director of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or U.N. Women, has outlined a 100-day action plan for the agency.
The U.S. Peace Corps has suspended its aid operations in Niger over security concerns, while the U.K. Department for International Development plans to shut down its office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Jan. 31.
John Ging – director of operations for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Gana Fofang – U.N. deputy envoy for Guinea-Bissau.
Chris Bain – president, Catholic International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity.