The existing funding model has met UNAIDS financial needs for more than a decade. Most recently however, a series of changes in the Joint Programme’s funding landscape, as well as in financing for the wider HIV response and global health generally, has led to the emergence and steady widening of a funding gap.

HIV Declining as a Priority: numerous factors, including the refugee crisis in 2015 resulted in several major donors reducing their contributions to the Joint Programme. Resources available for the AIDS response fell by 7% in 2016, following several years in which resources had little changed.

Health Aid Decreasing: Between 2011 and 2016, Overall Development Assistance (ODA) funding towards UN health-focused agencies declined by 0.4%.

The US$ 58.2 million shortfall for a fully funded UBRAF in 2018 means that the resource mobilization target of US$ 242.4 million, as per approved budget for the year 2019, was missed by 24%. The 2019 shortfall is higher than the US$ 53.6 shortfall in 2018, but lower than the 65.5 million and US$ 62 million shortfall in 2017 and 2016, respectively.

The UBRAF must be fully funded for the Joint Programme to remain fully functional and keep the world on-track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030







Addressing the Funding Trends 

In 2016, UNAIDS initiated a strategic recovery plan that highlights key actions for increasing donor funding. Reserves from prior years were expended, programmes of work at country level were cancelled or deferred, core fund allocations to Cosponsors were significantly decreased, and decreased numbers and redeployed staff members as well as lowering costs and enhancing efficiency. The Secretariat also undertook a far-reaching realignment of its organizational structure and costs, strengthening its focus on Fast-Track countries and its capacity to support and grow multi-sectoral investment partnerships with donors, as well as strategically positioning it for delivering on the broader SDG agenda.