Philanthropic Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Flat Since 2007, Report Finds

Philanthropic Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Flat Since 2007, Report Finds

Philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in 2012 totaled $500 million, or 5.4 percent of total international funding, a report from Funders Concerned About AIDS finds.

Produced with support from UNAIDS, the report, Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012 (112 pages, PDF), found that philanthropic funding to address HIV/AIDS was essentially flat — increasing less than 1 percent — on a year-over-year basis and has remained at roughly the same level since 2007.

According to the report, funding from U.S.-based philanthropies for HIV/AIDS efforts in 2012 totaled $ 467 million, down 3 percent from 2011, as seven large funders — including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest philanthropic supporter of HIV/AIDS initiatives — cut their funding for such efforts. Funding from EU-based philanthropies totaled $147 million, down 6 percent from the previous year, continuing a three-year decline. Forecasts for both the U.S. and Europe suggest that private support for HIV/AIDS efforts is unlikely to increase in 2013.

The slight increase in 2012 funding was attributed largely to the addition to the study of funders based outside the U.S. and Western and Central Europe. Indeed, philanthropic support from forty funders in thirteen countries totaled approximately $38 million in 2012, offsetting a drop of $33 million, or 5 percent, in support from U.S.- and EU-based philanthropies. According to UNAIDS, total resources available for HIV/AIDS initiatives in all countries, including funding from donor governments, reached $18.9 billion in 2012, while annual global need is estimated to be between $22 billion and $24 billion.

"We're thrilled to highlight the work and impact of forty new potential partners in the philanthropic response to HIV/AIDS," said FCAA executive director John Barnes. "However, the inclusion of these new funding sources in the report masks a troubling decline among U.S.- and EU-based organizations. A 'slow and steady' approach will not bring the needed resources to bear to meet the current challenges of the AIDS response."