More Active Operational Role For WHO Might Raise Scrutiny, Tension Among Some Donors

Devex: WHO pivots to the field, setting up potential clash with donors
“The World Health Organization’s pivot toward a more operational role is likely to be the topic of scrutiny and potential tension with donors in a meeting of the Executive Board this week in Geneva, a senior official tells Devex. Since he became director general in May, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has pushed to give the organization both the resources and the structure to take on a more active role in the field. Many major donors, however, have told the WHO to stick to its traditional, guideline-setting role…” (Dickinson, 11/21).