Published 2017
Reforming the World Health Organization’s financing model
By Dr Gaudenz Silberschmidt and Dr Guitelle Baghdadi-Sabeti

Gaudenz Silberschmidt is Director a.i. for Coordinated Resource Mobilization at the World Health Organization.

Guitelle Baghdadi-Sabeti is Technical Officer at the World Health Organization. WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.

The authors are staff members of the World Health Organization.The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this article and they do not necessarily represent the decisions, policy or views of the World Health Organization.

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, referred to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) financing reform as a model for other agencies1 . What are the key features of this model compared to other United Nations (UN) agencies that makes it a good example to follow? What have been the key achievements? What are its limitations or challenges, and what can we learn from it? While the reform process initiated in 2011, following the financial crisis, continues to be implemented some of these questions can be addressed and help promote a culture of learning and ensure lasting change for the organisation.