Growing Tensions Among United Nations Agencies
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.