German BACKUP Initiative

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


HIV, tuberculosis and malaria kill several million people each year and are responsible for 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 a current budget of around USD 30 billion in commitments to over 150 partner countries. Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is one of the largest donors to the Global Fund. Germany and Switzerland were among the founders of the Global Fund and, as members of its Board, have been actively committed to a reform agenda for many years.

Global Fund monies have enabled recipient countries to substantially improve and expand their health services in past years. The fund’s work focuses on preventing and treating the three diseases. In order for countries to submit feasible project proposals to the Global Fund and put the money acquired to effective use, they require expertise ranging from good financial management to organisation of services that can also reach vulnerable groups, young people and poor sections of the population. This is where the German BACKUP Initiative offers assistance. Since 2002, this global health programme has assisted applicant countries in using Global Fund money more effectively and efficiently. The programme is funded by BMZ and, since 2013, also by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Switzerland and Germany work together on the Global Fund Board to address various strategic topics. The joint financing provided for the German BACKUP Initiative is a result of this collaboration. BACKUP cooperates closely with the Global Fund Secretariat in Geneva, as well as with health ministries, civil society organisations and 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).


Cooperation list

List of measures supported by BACKUP since 2012 (September 2014)

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


This document contains analyses of the allocation of funds (September 2014)

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


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

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