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Philanthrocapitalism in global health and nutrition

 Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, on May 20, 2014, in Geneva
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, on May 20, 2014, in Geneva

medico international, October 2018. A discussion paper analyzes the growing influence of philanthropic actors on global health and suggests ways to limit this.

"To address the challenges of philanthrocapitalism, the authors of the paper would like to recommend the following to member states and the international institutions, including the United Nations entities:

  1. Undertaking independent assessments of the cooperation with venture philanthropists engaged in public and private partnerships at national and international level, looking at cost/benefit analysis, sustainability criteria, conflict of interest clauses, long-term impacts on the political chain of responsibility and the institutional set-up;
  2. Taking measures to limit and confront the offshore financial system through national and international policymaking;
  3. Designing appropriate fiscal policies aimed at raising income and fair wealth distribution;
  4. Devising regulations for interaction with private actors, including philanthropic foundations at the UN, inter alia in the FAO and WHO, that contain strong conflict of interest rules, and revolving door legislations;
  5. Identifying measures that can progressively bind member states to contributing financially to common goods delivery in the health and food policymaking, using the leverage of sustainable policies that are socially and environmentally compatible with human rights.

Particularly at a time when the private corporate players, including venture philanthropists, have been directly convened into the accomplishment of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, measures are required — more than ever — to clarify the rules of the game, and to restore the level playing field in the global geopolitical arena."

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This discussion paper is an executive summary of a forthcoming article by Nicoletta Dentico (Health Innovation in Practice) and Karolin Seitz (Global Policy Forum), published by medico international and other organizations in view of a civil society workshop in Berlin in the week of the World Health Summit.

 

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