Tackling funding


The development of the Digital Investment Principles started as a discussion at the Wilton Park meeting on “Digital Health in Africa: leadership and coordination” at end of 2017.  

A convening was hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2018 in Santa Cruz, California (US) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of donor alignment principles for digital health. The meeting was moderated by VitalWave and the following organisations were in attendance. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BMZ/GIZ, CDC, IDRC, Norad,  PEPFAR, Rockefeller Foundation, and SPIDER. 

Since then many other funders/investors have been asked to provide input to develop the principles to the final version we have today. The organisations are:

African Development Bank (AfDB)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) 

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 

European Union (EU)


German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 

Global Affairs Canada 

Global Financing Facility (GFF) 

Global Fund 

International Development Research Center (IDRC) 

International Telecommunications Union 

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) 

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) 

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) 

Rockefeller Foundation 

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 




Vital Wave 

Vitol Foundation 

World Bank 

World Health Organization (WHO) 


Organisations that endorse the Digital Investment Principles: