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Deciding upon global health funding: Behind the scenes

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Global Health Centre Research Seminar

Online Event, 12pm CET

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In light of the uncertainty around WHO funding, European governments are upholding multilateral approaches to address the Covid-19 pandemic. This development suggests that European governments may play a much more central role in global health funding in the future. Looking at global health funding streams, one can witness vast volatilities across countries and time. Yet, we know surprisingly little about governmental decision-making processes. Who makes funding decisions? What factors influence these decisions? This research seminar seeks to answer these questions by going behind the scenes of decision-making and priority-setting processes. It presents the results of a research project inquiring how the ten largest European contributors to Development Assistance for Health (DAH) decide upon funding priorities and channel funding for DAH and the WHO.



  • Fumi Kurihara, Research and Project Officer for the Global Health Centre project "Polio eradication: overcoming the final barriers and ensuring a lasting legacy for health systems"
  • Kari Hoel, Minister Counsellor for Global Health, Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN
  • Moderated by Ryan Whitacre, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Centre


Event Materials

  • Working Paper: How European Countries Fund Global Health: Unpacking Decision-Making and Priority-Setting Processes
  • Project: Polio Eradication: Overcoming the Final Barriers and Ensuring a Lasting Legacy for Health Systems
  • Biographies of Speakers
The Global Health Research Seminars aim to build community and advance research in global health.