XVIII International AIDS Conference


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Organisational quality and accountability for civil society responding to HIV/AIDS

A. Bacha1, T. Bagasao2, R. Cabello3, C. Calica4, T. Pearcy5, L. Saloucou6, G. Smith7

1International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Global Alliance Services, Hove, United Kingdom, 2UNAIDS, Manila, Philippines, 3Via Libre, Lima, Peru, 4PHANSuP, Manila, Philippines, 5International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, United Kingdom, 6IPC, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 7International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Kunming, China

Issues: Civil Society Organisations responding to HIV/AIDS need to ensure they provide high quality programmes and are accountable to communities, donors and governments.
Description: The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has introduced an Accreditation system by which organisations conduct peer assessments against performance standards around governance, management and programmatic issues.
Assessments are designed to identify weakness areas which are addressed by tailored technical support provided by CSO experts through regional technical support hubs. Accreditation system should also build donors confidence that CSOs deliver quality programmes.The cornerstone of these standards is the Code of Good Practice for NGOs responding to AIDS which sets out guiding principles applying a human rights approach.Since 2008, 17 organisations have been assessed in Africa, Asia and Latin America of which 13 have been accredited.
Lessons learned:
  • Key standards developed through a participatory process (by a working group from 8 countries) affect the performance of CSOs as intermediary organisations supporting Communities.
  • Identification of a comprehensive set of criteria used as indicators of compliance with specific standards. Organisations assessed against 38 standards covering a wide range of areas: organisational systems, finances, governance, programming, human resources; but also ethics and principles including GIPA, gender, key populations
  • A self-demanding civil society, working in partnership with other organisations to enhance its performance, applying quality standards, constantly seeking to upgrade its systems/programmes is more credible if holding governments/donors to account and in playing a role in the policy dialogue.
Next steps: 12 assessments are planned per year. Accredited organisations are encouraged to carry out a self-assessment every two years.
Periodic evaluations will ensure lessons learnt are incorporated into the development of the programme.
Tailored technical support is developed for each organisation that undergoes an Accreditation review to address identified weaknesses and form part of its Integrated Development Plan.

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