APPG welcomes STOPAIDS to Parliament to discuss their new report shadowing DfID’s investment in HIV and AIDS programming
On Wednesday, the APPG welcomed STOPAIDS’ policy team to Parliament to present the findings from the organisation’s recent report A Stocktake Review of DFID’s Work on HIV and AIDS. The publication is based on STOPAIDS’ advocacy to support DFID to articulate its priorities within the global HIV response and ensure its current work is sufficient to deliver and coherent with its priorities.
Analysing evidence from Statistics for International Development, Development Tracker and DFID’s public communications, STOPAIDS assessed DFID’s financial, programmatic and political commitment to the HIV response.
The report found that while DFID have articulated an ambitious set of priorities closely aligned with UNAIDS strategy, DFID’s overall funding for HIV is declining since reductions in country offices have negated DFID’s increased Global Fund contribution. The report also found that this has particular implication for the funding of civil society organisations.
Speaking after the briefing, Stephen Doughty MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS noted; ‘While the UK’s contribution to the global HIV & AIDS epidemic through the Global Fund is rightly considered to make the UK a world leader in this area, this report’s findings highlight the need for sustained support for organisations that work with people living with HIV – so often where this is not available, it is the most vunerable and marginalized in society that are left behind. The report shows worrying drops in some areas of DFID funding for HIV/AIDS - Ministers must ensure an increased focus and clear strategy to retain Britain's past leadership.’
A link to the full report and the report’s executive summary can be found here