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How Does MSF Disburse Money to Different MSF Projects?
January 31, 2013
This article is part of the Winter 2013 issue of the MSF Alert newsletter.
South Sudan 2012 © Camille Lepage/MSF
Mary Vonckx is MSF-USA’s Grants Officer.
To make sure the funds MSF-USA raises get to where they are needed most, MSF-USA supports all five Operational Centers, or OCs (the organizational bodies that direct our medical interventions worldwide).
The OCs and international fundraising departments work closely together to make sure the organization has enough funding to carry out its programs. Firstly, the OCs create four-year plans that include operational and financial ambitions.
At the same time, the fundraisers develop a four-year projection for donations. At the beginning of each year, each OC presents its action plan—and any special priorities or challenges—to our Board, including a list of projects to be specifically funded by MSF-USA, and a reserve amount that ensures the flexibility to respond to unanticipated emergencies. We transfer funds to each OC over the course of the year to be sent directly to fund the field programs. In 2012, MSF-USA provided funding for more than 130 projects in 57 countries, receiving regular operational updates from the OCs throughout the year.
The importance of MSF-USA’s contribution is not just its size, but the fact that we provide so much private funding, helping to ensure MSF’s operational independence. Unrestricted donations from private donors in the US have been invaluable in ensuring MSF’s ability to respond immediately to less visible and under-reported crises, like South Sudan, eastern DRC, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and more.
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