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Progress & Lessons Learned. Jonathan Brown. UNGASS HLM, New York, June 2008. Why Strategies? Why Action Plans?. National HIV/AIDS Strategies are needed to: Attract and sustain funding Align external support to national priorities

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& Lessons Learned

Jonathan Brown

UNGASS HLM, New York, June 2008

why strategies why action plans
Why Strategies? Why Action Plans?

National HIV/AIDS Strategies are needed to:

  • Attract and sustain funding
  • Align external support to national priorities
  • Implement the principle of One agreed HIV/AIDS action framework
  • Promote Mainstreaming

Annual Action Plans are needed to:

  • Improve implementation, especially in sectors
  • Move from project to program support serving as the foundation for program funding (from GFATM and other donors)
how asap started
How ASAP started
  • Created in 2005 by the GTT to help countries respond more strategically to the epidemic -- reflected by more evidence-based, prioritized and costed strategies and operational plans
  • Division of labor – major partners: ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS Secretariat, WHO, World Bank
  • Selection of the World Bank as lead agency
early technical guidance
Early Technical Guidance
  • Initial Business Plan developed at Stakeholder Meeting in January 2006 in Pattaya by the ASAP Technical Advisory Group
  • Suggested ASAP operate on the following principles:
        • Demand driven
        • Flexible
        • Timely
        • Consultative
        • Coordinated
asap support structures the importance of partnerships
ASAP support structures – the Importance of Partnerships
  • Governance Structures
    • UNAIDS ASAP Advisory Group
    • ASAP Technical Advisory Group
    • ASAP Training Advisory Committee (chaired by UNDP)
  • UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors (HQs, regional and country offices)
  • UNAIDS Technical Support Facilities
what does asap do
What does ASAP do?
  • ASAP services include:
    • Technical support
    • Peer reviews
    • Capacity building
    • Development of tools
how does asap work
How does ASAP Work?
  • Requests come fromNAC, RST, UCC or WB
  • For technical support, ASAP convenes partners by teleconference to:
    • Ensure ownership of the request by the NAC and Joint UN Team on HIV/AIDS
    • Share experience of all partners
    • Clarify tasks and technical/financing roles that other partners can play
    • Agree on gaps that ASAP can fill
  • ASAP provides CVs, often in collaboration with theTSF
global demand for support
Global Demand for Support
  • Regional breakdown of requests for peer reviews or technical support:
  • 20 from SSA

11 from Latin American

5 from the Caribbean

4 from MENA

4 from Central/Eastern


3 from South Asia

2 from East Asia

areas of demand for support
Areas of demand for support
  • ASAP has provided support in four areas:
    • Peer Reviews (23)
    • Targeted (35) and Comprehensive Support (13)
    • New Tools and Instruments
    • Capacity Building
peer review experience
Peer Review Experience
  • ASAP has reviewed 23 draft strategies/operational plans
  • These plans have reflected the same areas in need of strengthening as those reviewed earlier, including:
    • Evidence base
    • Linkage between the epidemic and the strategy
    • Results focus
    • Attention to gender and marginalized groups
    • Operational and human resource planning
tools practice notes
Tools & Practice Notes
  • In response to country needs, ASAP has produced the following:
    • Self-Assessment Tool and Guidelines
    • Roadmap
    • Strategies Practice Note
    • Results Checklist for Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Draft Costing Practice Note and Budgeting/ Costing Spreadsheet
    • Draft Action Plan Practice Note (in progress)
strengthening capacity
Strengthening Capacity
  • INSP of Mexico, with the WB Institute and seven regional institutions, is delivering workshops in every region by the end of 2008
    • For policymakers and program managers in 50 countries
    • Increasing focus on costing and operational planning
  • Training conducted/planned for:
    • the Caribbean (June 2007)
    • Anglophone and Francophone Africa (Nov 2007)
    • MENA and Europe in 2008
  • Training forTSF consultants and UNAIDS partners on
    • Costing (April 2008)
    • M&E (May 2008)
moving forward
Moving forward…
  • Following an external ASAP evaluation in mid-2007, we produced a 2008-09 Business Plan of $13.6m to allow us to:
    • Respond to growing demandfor all services
    • Broaden capacity buildingin terms of both content and clientel
    • Give increased attention toquality assurance
    • Collaborate more closely withUNAIDS cosponsors
    • Increasingly assist countries to prepare costed action plans (based on solid strategies) in preparation for possible program funding from the Global Fund
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