The UNAIDS/World Bank HIV Economics Reference Group (ERG) provides strategic analysis and advice related to the economics of AIDS to the UNAIDS family and key stakeholders.

Its main functions include:

  • Strategic global HIV economics agenda setting and prioritization, through a review and assessment of existing evidence relating to the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of HIV responses, and the identification of priority areas for new research.
  • Improving the quality of HIV economics methods and products, by assessing and harmonizing existing tools and methodologies for HIV related economic analysis in priority areas as determined by the ERG.
  • Providing strategic thinking and consolidated and coherent advice to stakeholders on how to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of HIV responses, and how to address relevant issues related to their financial sustainability, using the principles of shared responsibility.