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By: Richard Kasesela CEO HIV/AIDS BUSINESS COALITION -TANZANIA. Who are we ?. Business coalition of Tanzania which operate in Tanzania mainland and assisted the formation of the coalition in Zanzibar

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By: Richard Kasesela

CEO HIV/AIDS BUSINESS COALITION -TANZANIA

who are we
Who are we?
  • Business coalition of Tanzania which operate in Tanzania mainland and assisted the formation of the coalition in Zanzibar
  • Have 55 top corporate members in Tanzania with the financial institutions occupying the bigger percentage.
  • We have members from employees- employers institution like Association of Tanzania Employers and Trade unions
structure
Structure?
  • ABCT has an Advisory Board, which comprises of business leaders and Chief Executive Officers;
  • Management Board which comprises of Human Resource Directors/Managers;
  • Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day operations of the Coalition.
who are our partners
Who are our partners?
  • GTZ- (Technical and financial)
  • USAID ( Through Capacity project –staffing)
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme -(Financial)
  • UNDP-(Financial)
  • World Bank (Financial)
  • TACAIDS –(Financial)
  • PharmAccess (leveraging activities)
  • PSI & T-MARC (Leveraging activities)
  • Members through membership fee
success story
Success story
  • Capacity enhancement

Two new staff recruited to make a total of four. All supported by USAID

  • Technical support

ABCT continued to have technical support from GTZ for the year 2007

  • Membership drive

ABCT conducted membership drive in Arusha and Mwanza with support from UNDP

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Success story
  • Infrastructure support

some equipment provided by GTZ to support operational activities

  • TCC donated an extra office space to ABCT to support expansion.
  • ABCT web site was developed and launched in September 2006,supported by GTZ
  • Various training activities, mainly supported by TACAIDS,GTZ,UNDP,WORLD BANK, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD)
  • Members gave support, CRDB bank has donated part of the furniture cost.
organization mission
Organization Mission

MISSION

“To enhance and facilitate the use of the private sector’s core competences and product marketing through leveraging the skills and networks of companies to control and manage HIV/AIDS in the workplace and beyond”

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SWOT
  • Strength
    • 55 members
    • The government support-TACAIDS
    • Funding from GTZ, US Government
    • Additional support from UNDP & UNAIDS
    • Support from other NGO like PharmAccess, MSD
    • Good working relationship with member companies.
weakness
Weakness
  • New organization it has not acquired much equity
  • Reluctance in paying subscription
  • Few staff involved –Managing ABCT
  • Logistical problem- (only 1 base in Dar, no vehicle)
  • Funding
  • Lack of sufficient products to members
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Availability of potential members
  • The link with Global and Pan Africa Coalition to induce Tanzania firms
  • The PPP concept growing and ABCT can be the link
  • PEPFAR funding on HIV AIDS
  • The Global Fund
  • World Bank fund, government funding, GTZ, UN organs and others.
threat
Threat
  • Ethical problems in communicating sex issues
  • Political and policies influence
  • Cultural and norms barriers
  • Presence of other diseases
  • Globalization and technology development.
programs has been done so far
Programs has been done so far
  • Peer education training
  • Refresher course for peer educators
  • Management of Workplace program
  • Senior management training
  • Regional sensitization (Tanzania has about 26 region)
how we go about
How we go about
  • Donor meeting where all donors in the area of HIV/AIDS come together on a meeting to discuss how to support ABCT
  • Members contribute funds and participate in the Board meeting and Annual General Meeting
  • Proposal are written requesting specific support from interested supporters
the challenges
The challenges
  • Funds not being available on time always working on tense time
  • Interest of the donors which sometimes are not in line with ABCT objective
  • Members who have invested heavily on HIV programs reluctant to become members eg Mining companies.
  • Perceived cost some companies
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cont….
  • The Challenges remain on the HIV/AIDS work place policy which is not a mandatory to employers hence most of them ignores
  • Reluctance in some areas accepting the concept of private public partnership
way forward
Way forward
  • Work closely with the government, donors and other interested parties
  • Develop a strong funding mechanism with possible launching the private sector fund
  • Leveraging others NGOs dealing in the similar capacities
  • Incorporating other diseases like Malaria into ABCT programs
opportunities working together
Opportunities working together
  • Exchange of experiences by visiting and gaining knowledge
  • Funding sharing and other possible opportunities
  • Working together as the joint effort in enhancing the PAN AFRICAN Business Coalition
  • Participating in Global Business Coalition leveraging strong experiences
  • Also use GBC to influence non members to join, for example Barrick mining is the GBC member but not ABCT member though they operate in Tanzania