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Partnership Coordination

Uganda has a mechanism which brings together several actors working on HIV/AIDS at different levels. The HIV/AIDS Partnership Mechanism is used to coordinate programs and activities around a unified National Strategic Plan, and an integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

The HIV/AIDS Partnership Mechanism was established in 2002 and stipulates Uganda AIDS Commission as the only National HIV/IDS Coordinating Authority in Uganda.

The Partnership Mechanism has four main components which complement each other; Partnership Committee, the Partnership Forum, Self-coordinating Entities (SCE) and the Partnership Fund.

Is the backbone of the Partnership mechanism. One of the main functions of this Committee is to advise the Board of Uganda AIDS Commission. It also plays a dual role of policy and technical oversight. It ensures that all HIV and AIDS operations are effective. The Partnership Committee is made up of representatives and technical experts who meet on a quarterly basis.

The Partnership committee comprises the following agencies: Uganda AIDS Commission, Government Ministries, UNAIDS, Civil Society Organizations and Youth, Cultural Institutions, Faith Based Organizations, People Living with HIV/AIDS, the Media, the Private Sector, Parliament of Uganda, AIDS Development Partners, plus Academic and Research Institutions.

Is where stakeholders are represented to undertake and oversee all operations on HIV and AIDS in Uganda. The Forum provides an avenue for consultation and information sharing; joint planning and review in line with the National Strategy for AIDS response. The Forum further looks into aspects of resource mobilization and the entire spectrum of support to HIV/ AIDS interventions of all stakeholders.

Are clusters of HIV stakeholders with similar areas of interest. These entities work together in order to enhance participation, coordination and effectiveness in tackling HIV and AIDS in Uganda. Self-Coordinating Entities make up the largest membership of the Partnership Committee.

The benefits of these entities working together on HIV issues are three-fold:

a. Multiple actors are now able to effectively coordinate their activities to improve the collective national response to HIV/AIDS.

b. All entities have equal opportunities to effectively engage in HIV programs.

c. Entities now have a unified position when articulating AIDS-related issues at forums

Is a pooled source of funds from AIDS Development Partners to support HIV/AIDS coordination. These funds are used:

a. To support operations of the Partnership Committee and Partnership Forum.

b.To reinforce the coordination capacity of Uganda AIDS Commission and all enlisted HIV and AIDS agencies in organizational development.

c. To plan, monitor and evaluate information and resources.

The initial sources of the Partnership Fund were UNAIDS, DANIDA, DfID and Irish Aid. However with time, other partners that have supported coordination of HIV activities such as USAID, UNFPA, Italian Cooperation, Norwegian Government, WHO, UNDP and the French Government. To-date, Government of Uganda is not directly putting funds into the Partnership Fund. However, Government is indirectly funding coordination of the Partnership Mechanism through remuneration for staff, space for meetings, utilities etc.

Between 2007 and 2012, a total of USD8.5M was raised by partners towards the Partnership Fund. The bulk of this fund came from DANIDA (55.2%), Irish Aid (31.8%) and DfID (13%) respectively. The fund is currently being managed by Deloitte and Touche, Uganda, who in turn disburses resources against agreed guidelines and set procedures.