Growing Tensions Among United Nations Agencies

  • Michael Merson
  • Stephen Inrig


The structure of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and internal disagreements over how best to address the AIDS pandemic made coordination difficult and challenged WHO's leadership of the global response. This chapter discusses the particular conflict between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WHO, and UNDP’s decision to launch its own global AIDS program, which resulted in competing strategies and requests for funding. In addition, GPA was faced with the behavior of its donors, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), developing their own bilateral AIDS programs and desiring more control over AIDS funding. All this occurred as GPA was coming under more and more scrutiny and external criticism.


United Nations United Nations Development Programme Coordination United Nations Children’s Fund United States Agency for International Development World Bank Elizabeth Reid Bilateral donors 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Merson
    • 1
  • Stephen Inrig
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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