The Global Fund set an ambitious goal for its 2016 replenishment. ONE and (RED), with partners and volunteers around the world, campaigned for nearly a year to convince governments and the private sector to support it. And our efforts paid off.
At the Montreal summit, donors committed just shy of $13 billion, with more likely to come in subsequent months, making it the largest multilateral commitment to global health in history. While many partners around the world helped make this happen, ONE was among a small team—including the Gates Foundation, the government of Canada and the Global Fund itself—which drove the strategy and advocacy.
The Global Fund is the single most powerful weapon ever wielded in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, three deadly diseases that collectively claim the lives of more than three million people each year. Through innovative partnerships with governments, the private sector, and impacted communities, the Global Fund channels resources to country-driven programs to deliver essential treatment and life-saving prevention tools, such as mosquito nets and education. Since 2002, programs supported by the Global Fund have saved a remarkable 20 million lives.
On World AIDS Day in 2015, ONE and its closest activists, donors and friends gathered in Carnegie Hall in New York to celebrate the work of ONE and (RED) and to commit to advocate the $13 billion target in the upcoming replenishment period, a goal that experts said could save an additional eight million lives, avert up to 300 million new infections across the three diseases, and contribute to broad economic gains of up to $290 billion over the coming decades.
"The Global Fund is the most powerful weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria."
The road ahead was daunting. The budgets of traditional donor governments were strained and new ODA resources scarce. There was no question that securing the funds would be an uphill challenge.
The first and arguably most important step was securing a strong, active government to host the replenishment conference. Canada rose to the top of the list. But its new Liberal government was just getting settled after a surprise electoral victory.
ONE played a critical role in making the case to the Prime Minister’s office. We explained how the Global Fund conference would support the new government’s objectives, particularly around women and girls, and Justin Trudeau’s call that “Canada is back.” Bono also had key conversations with Prime Minister Trudeau. After months of effort, on May 9 the Prime Minister announced Canada would host the replenishment in Montreal and increase Canada’s pledge by 23%.
In concert with this effort, ONE released a letter with nearly 100 high-profile signers and called on world leaders to take action for women and girls, including supporting the Global Fund. In August, Prime Minister Trudeau was the first world leader to respond.
We mobilized support for the Global Fund at international moments. We lobbied governments. We mobilized nearly 400,000 actions by our members, including petitions, emails and phone calls.
Our global campaign champions were Kenyan activists Patricia Asero Ochieng and Consolata Opiyo, a mother and daughter living with HIV, who throughout the year told their story and the impact of life-saving pills delivered by the Global Fund. They brought their message to Montreal. “I was going to die because of where I lived, and I was also going to lose my baby because of where I lived, because I knew at the time that there was medication in the West, and we did not have access because of poverty,” Patricia told CTV news.
The conference took place on September 16–17, with donors, activists and leaders who had come from all over the world to make pledges. At the same time, ONE brought 103 Canadian volunteers from every province and the Yukon for a two-day advocacy and leadership training conference, to empower our best Canadian volunteers.
When the final tally was announced, the Global Fund secured more than $12.9 billion in pledges, nearly $1 billion more than its last replenishment.
ONE hosted a 300-person Poverty is Sexist town hall meeting with speakers including Prime Minister Trudeau, Bill Gates, Bono, Danai Gurira and Kenyan activists Patricia and Consolata.
In addition, Patricia and Consolata delivered ONE’s Girls Everywhere petition to Prime Minister Trudeau. The event was a massive success, with blanket media coverage.
The dedication, creativity and hard campaigning of our members in all of our countries helped secure this historic result. But our work is not complete. We will campaign to ensure all the promises made by donors are delivered into life-saving medicines and programs until the three diseases are wiped out forever.
The Global Fund
2016 Replenishment Quick Facts
In the United States
ONE members placed over a thousand calls and sent over a thousand letters to President Obama.
Campus, community, and faith leaders traveled from all over the country to Washington to have over 200 meetings with Congress during the 2016 Power Summit. With White House and bipartisan support from Congress, the US pledged one-third of the $13 billion total replenishment in December 2015.
ONE and partner organizations lobbied key development ministers
and raised public awareness with a large kite-flying stunt. Japan pledged $800 million in May—a 46% increase in Yen from the previous replenishment period.
The European Commission
Pledged €475 million—a remarkable 30% increase from the previous replenishment period
after months of campaigning in and out of the European Parliament by Youth Ambassadors, staff and Bono. The Commission even topped-up its pledge by €5 million at the Montreal summit.
pledged $100 million for the next three years
more than doubling its last pledge and bringing its total commitment to the Global Fund to over $500 million. (See article on (RED))
appeared likely to cut its pledge to the Global Fund, under pressure from the refugee crisis and national security concerns.
Our campaign ranged from multiple government meetings with Bono and staff, Youth Ambassador lobbying and media engagement, partner collaboration, and French celebrity lobbying and media work. France maintained its pledge of €1.08 billion in June.
considered hosting the Global Fund replenishment
but decided against in the face of tremendous political and financial pressure from the refugee crisis. This pressure also put a badly-needed increase in doubt. ONE deployed all its resources—including Youth Ambassadors, professional staff, Bono, media engagement, VIPs and partners. ONE put up posters all over Berlin and arranged a special birthday stunt for the key Minister. Ultimately, Germany pledged €800 million, a 33% increase.
Support for a big increase from the UK
which was critical to reaching the $13 billion goal—was thrown into doubt in the wake of Brexit and the new government. Multiple high-level contacts between ONE, including Bono, and government officials made the case. ONEvolunteers encouraged their MPs to weigh in and sent 150,000 petition signatures to Prime Minister May. We worked with partners and raised the profile with celebrity trips and events. We orchestrated calls from CEOs and other governments. We tried to address UK concerns with rapid research and analysis. At the last minute, UK’s pledge came in at £1.1 billion—the second-largest pledge for this replenishment period.
ONE also supported efforts in Italy (a 40% increase), The Netherlands (pledged €156 million), and Australia (committed AU$220 million).
Many African Countries
including Kenya ($5 million), South Africa ($5 million), Nigeria ($10 million), Cote d’Ivoire ($1 million), Senegal ($1 million) and Togo ($1 million).