The Dutch government has affirmed its continued support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, saying it does intend to suspend contributions to the organization.
Sweden and Germany have earlier said they would suspend their payments to the Global Fund pending a probe into a report by The Associated Press that as much as two-thirds of grants provided by the fund end up in corrupt activities.
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“We have a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. Any suspicion of abuse and corruption will be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted. The investigation being conducted by the Fund’s independent Inspector General is in keeping with this policy. The Netherlands has no desire to reward a culture of silence and penalise efforts to maintain transparency,” the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a March 17 statement.
Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen said Thursday (March 17) that some €14.5 million in Dutch contributions would go the Global Fund this year. The funding will be drawn from the €25.5 million mobilized by an amendment of the House of Representatives in December that sought to ease spending cuts on HIV/AIDS reduction.
The Dutch government’s total contribution for the Global Fund this year is €54.5 million.
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