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HIV/AIDS COORDINATION AND FAITH BASED ORGANISATIONS: EXPERIENCES FROM UGANDA. JOHN RWOMUSHANA, MD, MSc Director, Research and Policy Development UGANDA AIDS COMMISSION ACET INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Entebbe –Uganda JAN 2005. CONTEXT AND RATIONALE.

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hiv aids coordination and faith based organisations experiences from uganda

HIV/AIDS COORDINATION AND FAITH BASED ORGANISATIONS:EXPERIENCES FROM UGANDA

JOHN RWOMUSHANA, MD, MSc

Director, Research and Policy Development

UGANDA AIDS COMMISSION

ACET

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Entebbe –Uganda JAN 2005

context and rationale
CONTEXT AND RATIONALE
  • Definition: Pooling efforts for a common goal
  • Purpose: Timely, efficient and equitable delivery of quality services
  • Imperative: Multi-sectoral approach, multiplicity
  • Structure and Location: UAC in the Presidency
  • Objective: To rally all sectors
devolving coordination tasks
DEVOLVING COORDINATION TASKS
  • Evolution of coordination: Devolution of tasks through Partnership alignment into Self-Coordinating Entities (SCEs)
  • Decentralization of Administration, programmes and support
uac mandate and role
UAC Mandate and role
  • Established by Statute of Parliament in 1992 to oversee, plan and coordinate the response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda;
  • Mandated to establish structures necessary to assist in the coordination function at various levels
coordination functions
Coordination functions
  • Defining and supporting development of policies
  • Promoting leadership initiatives and advocacy
  • Leading strategic planning, M&E
  • Developing, Partnerships
  • Managing strategic information and knowledge
  • Supporting and promoting research
  • Mobilising resources and overseeing utilisation
uganda aids partnership
Uganda AIDS Partnership
  • Multi-sectoral coordination system
  • Supporting the coordination task of UAC
  • Rallies partners in all constituencies around common action
  • Support of strengthened coordination
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The Uganda AIDS Partnership

Uganda AIDS Commission

& Secretariat

THE HIV/AIDS PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE

Media

AIDS PARTNERSHIP FORUM

Uganda HIV/AIDS Partnership

UGANDA AIDS COMMISSION

uganda aids partnership1
Uganda AIDS Partnership
  • Multi-sectoral coordination system supporting the coordination task of the Uganda AIDS Commission
  • Rallies partners of all constituencies around common action.
  • A Strategy in support of strengthened coordination
aids partnership structures at national level
AIDS Partnership structures at national level
  • Self-Coordinating Entities: SCEs Actors of same constituency e.g. young people
    • Ensure input into Partnership Committee
    • Share experiences/set up peer support mechanisms
    • Facilitate joint AIDS actions and collaboration with other SCEs
  • AIDS Partnership Committee
    • Representatives of 12 SCEs meet monthly, chaired by UAC
    • Sets agenda for the update, implementation and monitoring of the NSF
  • AIDS Partnership Forum
    • All implementing and funding partners meet annually
    • Review progress and set priorities for next year
  • AIDS Partnership Fund:to cover coordination costs of Partnership
strengths of the partnership
Strengths of the Partnership
  • Representatives selected, therefore accountable to their constituency
  • Stakeholders exchange ideas in democratic forum at same level as donors
  • Promotes transparency, consensus building, accountability, etc
  • Stakeholders take on responsibility to improve coordination
  • Beyond classic government/donor ‘partnerships”
decentralized coordination
Decentralized Coordination
  • District coordination policy guideline developed in 2002
  • Provides for 2 arms ( Policy / Political and Technical)
  • Executive/ Political : thrust on Advocacy for attention to HIV/AIDS issues, policy guidance, community mobilization, strategic direction, partnership development & social mobilization
  • Technical : Planning, monitoring activities and resources, information sharing
success factors
SUCCESS FACTORS
  • Dialogue, open debate
  • Timely, accurate info.
  • Political involvement
  • Multisectorality
  • Flexible policies
opportunities
OPPORTUNITIES
  • FBOs well placed for prevention, care, impact mitigation
  • Global and national political goodwill
  • Alignment around “3 Ones” principles
challenges and strategies
CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES
  • Pragmatism and tolerance
  • Further scale up
  • Constituency “self” coordination
  • Administrative decentralization
  • Resources: Effective utilization
conclusion recommendations
Conclusion & Recommendations
  • No one partner alone can scale up effectively
  • No effective coordination without participatory, representative and accountable system
  • Tools for improved coordination under exist
  • Shared responsibility to promote and practice
  • Openness, respect and honest will for participation is key for Partnership
  • Continued guidance and support be ensured