Impacts and Influence

Strengthening the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

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CGD’s HIV/AIDS Monitor, led by Nandini Oomman, tracked, analyzed, and proposed policy recommendations to improve the organization, management, and delivery of external assistance from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and two other large donors: the World Bank and the Global Fund. US legislation in 2008 reauthorizing PEPFAR through FY2013 incorporated HIV/AIDS Monitor recommendations to improve transparency and boost capacity-building activities in developing countries. In addition, the White House Five-Year Strategy for PEPFAR, released in December 2009, included a policy framework that mirrored HIV/AIDS Monitor recommendations concerning partnering with national governments and reducing reporting burdens. Separately, a 2013 paper authored by Amanda Glassman and Jenny Ottenhoff and based on a small working group provided recommendations for the incoming US Global AIDS Coordinator. The recommendations were well received by Ambassador Deborah Birx, who said it has influenced her leadership at PEPFAR.