Sustainable Financing

The Sustainable Financing team provides tools, strategic analysis and evidence to support advocacy for the adequate funding of harm reduction.

We are the only non-governmental organisation tracking harm reduction funding trends globally - including support provided by international donors and domestic governments - and the impact these have on the global HIV and other health responses.   

We support advocacy for increased investment in harm reduction, including campaigning for the redirection of funding from ineffective drug law enforcement to harm reduction and work with national partners to gather evidence to inform budget advocacy.

See below for examples of our work

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Lost decade report 2018The lost decade: Neglect for harm reduction funding and the health crisis among people who use drugs

Our 2018 publication tracked harm reduction funding in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), showing a falls in international donor funding over a decade. 

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10 by 20 logo 10 by 20 campaign 

Harm reduction is an evidence-based and cost-effective approach. It aims to keep people who use drugs, their families and communities safe and healthy. Our 10 by 20 campaign provides tools to advocates to push for the redirection of funding from drug law enforcement to harm reduction. 

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Harm reduction in Asia front coverGlobal Fund Harm Reduction Advocacy in Asia

Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) preliminary research into the harm reduction funding landscape in Asia finds that there is a paucity of funding for HIV prevention, treatment, and care programmes for people who use drugs. 

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Harm reduction decade coverThe Case for a Harm Reduction Decade: Progress, potential and paradigm shifts  

HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. Find out more in our 2016 study.

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EU report coverHarm Reduction Investment in the European Union: Current funding, challenges and successes

Europe is the birthplace of harm reduction, and the region where the successes of this approach in averting epidemics can be most plainly seen. However, austerity, international donor retreat and poor political support are severely limiting harm reduction responses in several countries in the EU. 

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Funding Report coverThe funding crisis for harm reduction

Our 2014 research with the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and International HIV/AIDS Alliance showed that without significant changes in government and donor priorities, the global HIV epidemic will not be halted. 

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3 Cent Report 2010Three cents a day is not enough: Resourcing HIV-related harm reduction on a global basis

Our 2010 report found that only $160 million was being invested annually in harm reduction, with only a fraction going to direct services for people who use drugs. 

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Catherine Cook - Sustainable Financing Lead

Catherine Cook

Olga Szubert - Policy Analyst

Olga Szubert

Emily Rowe - Project Officer

Emily Rowe

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