A letter was sent to the President of the Repubblica Italiana, H.E. Mr Giuseppe Conte.
For the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2016, Repubblica Italiana pledged EUR 140 million to the Global Fund for the 2017 – 2019 allocation cycle.
Repubblica Italiana is the ninth-largest donor country, spending US$5 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2018. This represented 0.24% of the country’s gross national income (GNI). In September 2018, the government of Repubblica Italiana reaffirmed its commitment to increasing ODA gradually to 0.7% of GNI by 2030, aiming to reach 0.4% by 2021 and has committed to addressing issues of food security and nutrition, health, and women’s’ empowerment as part of its ODA. The impact of the Global Fund contributes to the ODA of Italy. Apart from directly contributing to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria, it also promotes gender equality and addresses human rights barriers through its grants, as well as provide support to national health systems across more than 100 countries, including in Africa, to increase health access to all populations, as well as reinforce health security. The Global Fund insists on the meaningful engagement of women throughout the design and implementation of the programmes it funds. The Global Fund also provides funding for education and economic empowerment programmes for adolescent girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected by HIV. Therefore, the Global Fund can be seen as an essential element of the ODA strategies of Repubblica Italiana.