“A $21.7 billion development fund backed by celebrities and hailed as an alternative to the bureaucracy of the United Nations sees as much as two-thirds of some grants eaten up by corruption, The Associated Press has learned.”
Much of the money is accounted for with forged documents or improper bookkeeping, indicating it was pocketed, investigators for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria say. Donated prescription drugs wind up being sold on the black market.
The fund is pulling or suspending grants from nations where corruption is found, and demanding recipients return millions of dollars of misspent money.
And I’m sure the corrupt “recipients” will give every last penny back. The Mayor has no reason to doubt that people who steal money and drugs that were meant to help folks suffering from various diseases are at the very least, conscientious and honest global citizens.
“The messenger is being shot to some extent,” fund spokesman Jon Liden said. “We would contend that we do not have any corruption problems that are significantly different in scale or nature to any other international financing institution.”
Agreed. The corruption problems of the Global Health Fund are not significantly different than any of the other corrupt institutions raping Africa.
To date, the United States, the European Union and other major donors have pledged $21.7 billion to the fund, the dominant financier of efforts to fight the three diseases. The fund has been a darling of the power set that will hold the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain village of Davos this week.
It was on the sidelines of Davos that rock star Bono launched a new global brand, (Product) Red, which donates a large share of profits to the Global Fund. Other prominent backers include former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives $150 million a year.
“This news is so unsettling that when I first heard about it, I nearly spilled my glass of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Bono said.”
All that money being dropped in the African pit and not one elite ever questioned where that money was being spent. Bill Gates donates $150 million a year to this cause, and in the 9 years it has been up and running he’s never asked if there’s ever been an audit on this group?
The Global Fund was set up as a response to complaints about the cumbersome U.N. bureaucracy, and is strictly a financing mechanism to get money quickly to health programs.
So instead of sending the money to the corrupt UN officials who in turn send the remainder to corrupt NGO’s who in turn send the last few dollars to corrupt African officials, the Global health fund has cut out the middle-man (the UN), and now sends the bulk of their money directly to the corrupt NGO’s and corrupt African government officials. So, in essence, the corrupt NGO’s and corrupt African government officials now how lots more money to play with because it hasn’t been laundered through the corrupt UN.
“Without a spotlight, without investigations, and without some sort of accountability, it’s impossible to root out corruption,” he said. “But just simply withdrawing donations, I do believe, would condemn millions of people who are not involved in the corruption to terrible fates.”
In other words, even though there is zero oversight with our group, and even though the majority of your donations never make it to the intended recipients’, and even though we have squandered tens of billions of dollars; keep sending us your cash.
Okay, do you accept a third-party out-of-province cheque written on toilet paper?
There are two ways and two ways only to help those in Africa. First – Christian Children’s Fund. 80-85% of the money you donate goes directly to a child. The second way is to not donate. That’s the Mayor’s choice. Remember, poverty breeds poverty, and the three cents that make it M’Buki’s withered hands are not going to raise him out of poverty, it’s going to allow him to spawn more global welfare cases. Yes, I understand this isn’t the view of the martini crowd in Mitchieville, but it’s the truth from The Mayor’s lips to your ears.
Finally, you can be rest assured that the corruption we are told about is only a fraction of the corruption that’s going on with this fund’s money. Who knows how many innoculations for tuberculosis were really given out? Who knows what the hell was actually in the syringe?
“Are you sure dis shot will stop me from getting tuberculosis?”
“Ahhhh, yaaaaa, sure, T’Pininga click click click, it will stop the tuberculosis and make you invisible to lions”
“Oh thank you, white man, you have saved my village.”
“Whatever, T’Pininga click click click, now get me my glass of Chateau d’Yquem 1787.”