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Commentary
June 2, 2004

The Challenge to Improve Global HealthFinancing the Millennium Development Goals

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England.

JAMA. 2004;291(21):2636-2638. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2636

It is not often that a Minister of Finance of a rich country proposes a doubling of the aid budget for poor countries. But over the past year and a half, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has spearheaded an initiative for a major increase in resources for the developing world. Brown's proposal for an International Finance Facility (IFF) calls on the richest countries to increase their long-term donor commitments and then to use these commitments to leverage additional money from the international capital markets. First announced for debate in January 2003, the IFF is intended to provide a framework to increase aid from just over $50 billion annually in 20011 to $100 billion annually in the years leading up to 2015.2

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