German BACKUP Initiative

Worldwide support for cooperation partners in their work with the Global Fund


HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are responsible for several million disease related deaths and a high burden of disease in many countries across the globe. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an international financing instrument with an annual budget of nearly USD 4 billion for commitments to programmes in over 140 partner countries. The fund’s work focuses on preventing and treating the three diseases. Global Fund grants have enabled recipient countries to substantially improve and expand their health services in past years. In order for countries to submit feasible concept notes to the Global Fund and put the funds acquired to effective use, they require expertise ranging from good financial management to implementation of health services that can also reach vulnerable populations.

Since 2002, the global health programme German BACKUP Initiative has assisted applicant countries in using Global Fund grants more effectively and efficiently. The initiative is commissioned by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and, since 2013, additionally funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The joint financing is a result of the cooperation between Germany and Switzerland in the Global Fund Board. Both countries were among the founders of the Global Fund and have been actively committed to a Reform agenda for many years.

In the area of technical support coordination BACKUP cooperates closely with the Global Fund Secretariat and other bilateral providers of technical support, as well as with the United Nations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


German BACKUP Initiative fact sheet


Cooperation list and analyses (December 2014)

List of measures supported by BACKUP

giz2014-en-backup-activities-since-2012 (pdf, 0.21 MB)

Analyses of the allocation of funds

giz2014-en-backup-charts-since-2012 (pdf, 0.26 MB)


German BACKUP Initiative
Phone: +49 6196 79-1599
Fax: +49 6196 79-801599

Publication database

The publications database comprises more than 38,000 documents, which can be downloaded as PDF files or ordered as print versions if available.

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