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									                                  Strategy 2006-9

 The UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development is a network of 80 UK-
   based organisations which work together to understand and develop effective
 approaches to the problems created by the HIV epidemic in developing countries. It
 enables each agency to share and use its own experience to help all the members
    improve their responses to the epidemic through working together actively,
      promotion and sharing of good practice, networking and advocacy.


Contents [click on the links to take you to the relevant place in the
document]

Strategic Goals
Principles
The way the Consortium works
Active Working Groups
The Consortium Structure
Goal 1 & Activities
Goal 2 & Activities
Goal 3 & Activities


Strategic Goals

The Consortium has three strategic goals to guide and frame its work:

1. To promote and share good practice, based on solid evidence, in programme
   responses to the global pandemic of HIV&AIDS.

2. To facilitate and promote effective dialogue and networking on international
   HIV&AIDS policy between civil society and policy-makers.

3. To mobilise political commitment and resources on the scale required to ensure
   access to prevention, treatment, services and care for all those who need them.


Principles
The Consortium is guided by the principles endorsed in the Code of Good Practice
for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS. These underpin all our work. In particular the
Consortium holds itself accountable to the following principles:

The Consortium is committed to ensuring meaningful involvement in all its
work by those living with HIV&AIDS.

The Consortium commits to challenge stigma and discrimination, wherever
they find it.




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The Consortium is committed to rights-based development. Members work
together to promote the rights of those affected by HIV&AIDS.

The Consortium is committed to addressing the gendered nature of the global
pandemic.

The Consortium is member-led. Its work reflects members’ policy concerns
and programme practice.


The way the Consortium works
The Consortium has evolved to be a network of organisations that link together in a
variety of ways. All members are welcome to attend quarterly meetings, participate in
any working group, one-off seminar, meeting or consultation. A substantial part of the
work is done through emails, telephone calls and increasingly, use of the AIDSPortal.

The Consortium believes that the efforts of all are needed to respond to the global
pandemic. What this means in practice is that the Consortium sustains its own
diverse membership within the UK and works in partnership with international global
alliances, developing country networks and agencies, UN agencies, international
institutions, and governments.

All members are members of AIDSPortal, a global on-line database of publications
and networking tool, which allows the 80-strong membership to link with, consult with
and share information and practice with more extensive global and national networks.

Quarterly Meetings – all members can attend these meetings, which are held 4
times a year. They are an opportunity to meet face to face, to share information, to
hear about the broader reaches of the Consortium‟s work and to hold the Executive
Committee to account.
Working Groups - there are a number of active thematic Working Groups at any
one time, which are chaired, led and energised by the members who participate in
them. Members are as active or as quiet as they wish to be, depending on their
capacities, levels of interest in the thematic area, and overlap with their own work.
One-off seminars, roundtables – a way of calling members together for a “hot-
topic” or issue that needs immediate or one-off attention.
Consultations – members contribute comments, often by email, to a policy position
paper, an evaluation or discussion paper. This can be internal to the Consortium or in
response to a Government Department e.g. DfID

All members receive regular mailings (Weekly News and Monthly Bulletin) and
occasional or one-off mailings about forthcoming events.


Active Working Groups
There are currently 6 active working groups, each with Terms of Reference and
elected Chair(s). [click on links to see the WG responses to the consultation]
Education
Mainstreaming
Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Positive Workers
2010 Target Group
Workplace Policies




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The Consortium maintains a strategic relationship with the Sexual and Reproductive
Health and Rights Network (SRHRN)

The Structure of the Consortium

The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (EC) has 12 Trustees, elected by the membership for a
two year period of office, renewable for two years. The EC is responsible for the
overall strategic direction of the Consortium, prudent and transparent budgeting and
accounting, and for overall management of the Secretariat.

The Consortium Secretariat
The role of the Secretariat is to facilitate, enable, co-ordinate and ensure overall
coherence. It supports the linking, networking, advocacy and sharing of good practice
of members in the following ways:

Enabling and facilitating the Working Groups
The small secretariat enables the Working Groups to function, by facilitating their
successful operation, and by holding an overall sense of coherence by linking them
together.

Providing opportunities for the wider membership to share information and
good practice, and come together regularly
Through Quarterly meetings, and one-off events
Through the Weekly News, and Monthly Bulletin
Through the AIDSPortal, moderated discussions, and shared documentation

Maintaining opportunities for dialogue with policy-makers and decision-makers
Through facilitating biannual meetings with the Global AIDS Policy team at DfID
Through managing policy consultations using WGs, and the AIDSPortal
Through regular coordination and dialogue with the relevant All Party Parliamentary
Groups and select committees

Keeping abreast of events and ensuring opportunities are grasped



Activities

Goal 1: To promote and share good practice, based on solid evidence, in
programme responses to the global pandemic of HIV&AIDS.

What for?: This will create a more informed membership, more effective HIV
programmes, and ensure that HIV is increasingly mainstreamed through all
development programming.

What can the Consortium do during 2006-9 to achieve this?

What                                                              Who
Support Working Groups – OVC, Workplace Policies,                 Membership
Mainstreaming, Education, 2010 Target – as a space for            Secretariat
discussion, sharing of practice and collaborative action

Set up short term Working Groups to work on current issues or     Membership


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around an event
Exchange information internationally and nationally through use Membership
of the AIDS Portal

Organise and develop the Quarterly Meetings as a forum for       Secretariat
members to „showcase‟ their programmes.

Produce Briefings from the speaker sessions at the Quarterly     Secretariat
Meetings for the Consortium website and for wider
dissemination.

At least twice a year invite speakers, preferably PLWHA, from    Working Groups
field programmes of member organisations to speak at the
meetings
Share learning gained from attending external programme          All representatives
sharing meetings with all consortium members

Maintain and develop the Consortium Website as a tool for        Secretariat
sharing lessons and programme experience.

Identify issues, countries or regions key to the epidemic and    Membership
provide the necessary stimulus for engaging Consortium           Working Groups
Members in collective discussion and activities.                 Executive
                                                                 Committee
Develop country pages and thematic discussion groups on the      Secretariat
AIDSportal                                                       Working Groups
                                                                 Membership

Ensure relevant documentation is logged and available on         Secretariat
AIDSportal

Monitor development list serves and disseminate information      Secretariat
as appropriate.

Produce a Monthly Bulletin for members                           Secretariat

Set up workshops / seminars to build capacity of members         Working Groups



Goal 2: To facilitate and promote effective dialogue and networking on
international HIV&AIDS policy between civil society and policy-makers.

What for? This will ensure more equitable participation by civil society (programme
practitioners, those living and working with HIV&AIDS, faith-based groups, and
academics) in influencing national and international policy on HIV&AIDS.

What can the Consortium do during 2006-2009 to achieve this?

What                                                       Who
Work with DFID through bi-annual meetings and the          Secretariat
AIDSPortal to make sure civil society input into policy    Working Groups
development is timely, and influential.




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To engage with DFID on specific thematic issues and        Secretariat
lobby for change where appropriate.                        Working Groups

Widen the engagement of civil society in policy            Secretariat
discussions through increased membership of the            Working Groups
AIDSportal

Work with the APPG on AIDS, and the International          Secretariat
Development Select Committee to ensure                     Working Groups
accountability.

Work with Sexual & Reproductive Health Network on
relevant issues

To further develop its relationship with High
Commissioners.

Develop a process for monitoring the implementation of     Secretariat
the UNGASS Declaration                                     Working Groups

Produce policy positions and position papers on cutting
edge issues.

Coordinate consultations on policy drafts through the      Secretariat
AIDSPortal                                                 Working Groups

Facilitate a more effective NGO voice either as a          Working Groups
participant or as co-ordinator at international meetings
and with international institutions E.G. UN system and
GFATM.

Develop a series of partnership agreements with local      Secretariat
resource centres to decentralise management and use
of the AIDSportal.




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Goal 3: To mobilise political commitment and resources on the scale required
to ensure access to prevention, treatment, services and care for all those who
need them.

What for?: This will help ensure adequate resources, structures and policies are in
place for universal access to treatment and care by 2010, or soon after, and will
continue to create an unstoppable momentum.

What can the Consortium do during 2006-9 to achieve this?

What                                                         Who
Campaign on treatment & care, ensuring promises made         2010 WG
at G8 in 2005 are fulfilled

Lobby DFID and UK Government to take a lead in scaling       2010 WG
up the global response to HIV/AIDS epidemic                  Members
                                                             WG

Lobby G8 and EU countries, Global Fund, World Bank,          2010 WG
IMF and other funders, etc, to ensure adequate resources     Executive Committee
are pledged to meet scaling up of response

Work with others on innovative forms of additional finance   2010 WG
to assist in the scaling up of the response

Lobby WHO, UNAIDS and other UN agencies to influence 2010 WG
their policies to finance and strengthen integrated health
systems
Lobby World Trade Organisation about TRIPS waiver and 2010 WG
governments to provide technical assistance to
developing countries

Work with others in the UK, particularly Trade Unions and    2010 WG
the Student Stop AIDS Campaign, to campaign on
financing universal access, strengthening health systems
and making drugs and generic medicines cheaper and
more available

Work with TB and Malaria networks to ensure that             2010 Group
strengthening health systems is for all three diseases

Link to other networks such as Global Fund +, World          2010 WG
AIDS Campaign who are also working on Governments to
“Keep the Promise”

Monitor progress of UK Government‟s HIV/AIDS strategy        Working Groups
and the EU strategy to ensure resources reach those
most in need

Coordinate with All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV &       2010 WG


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AIDS to ensure monitoring of public funds allocated to     OVCWG
HIV&AIDS

Organise public campaigning in the lead-up and at          Campaign Group
selected events where public mobilisation can add to the
pressure of lobbying and advocacy for policy change

Work with the Media to increase awareness and              Ad-hoc Media Group
understanding of global HIV / AIDS needs

Work with identified celebrities to carry the message to   Ad hoc Media Group
the public

Overhaul & use the SAC website for popular up-to-date      Secretariat
messages about campaign demands, activities & events

Use the Consortium website and AIDSPortal to inform        Secretariat
members about policy developments

Manage consultations on international policy through the   Secretariat
AIDSportal                                                 WGs

Help identify bottlenecks in implementation of universal   WGs
access; contribute to and disseminate research and         Secretariat
practice about how to remove obstacles

Work to raise public awareness on World AIDS Day           Membership




The Education Working Group – response to consultation                   Back to list

    What are the most important issues and events you see coming up in the next
     three years to which the Consortium could make a difference?
         o Hosting of the UN Inter-agency task team meeting on education and
            HIV/AIDS in May 2006. Will be an important event to partner with
            Consortium on and to take advantage of Consortium‟s links with
            British Parliamentarians.

    Who should the Consortium be working with? – which alliances, partners,
     which players?
        o The good thing about the education working group is that we bring
            together researchers, NGOs and donors. We think this is a very
            productive form of partnership especially when a researcher presents
            his/her findings to be discussed by people who have more experience
            on the implementation side.




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     Are there additional Working Groups or ways of working together that the
      Consortium should consider?1
         o Tania works for Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and they have
              a good way of working and campaigning together.
         o Should the consortium be linking up to a wider international network of
              organisations on AIDS and development?
     How do you participate in the work of the Consortium? What would make it
      easier for you to participate?
         o The education working group is semi-autonomous but finds our
              partnership with the Consortium to be very good both in terms of
              brining in members , logistical support and contribution within steering
              group
         o As many of the people are from the education sector they are possibly
              less involved in the consortium than their HIV counterparts.

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Mainstreaming Working Group- Response to consultation                    Back to list

                                30th January, 2006


    What does the WG want to achieve in the next 3 years? – we hope you will
     have one or two broad goals in mind, for the work of the group


BROAD GOALS OF THE WORKING GROUP 2006-9:

          -   To develop a clear and shared understanding among all Consortium
              members of what we mean when we talk of Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS
              into development
          -   To enhance the mainstreaming capacity of member organisations
              through sharing and exchanges; training in particular tools and
              methodologies; discussion and debates
          -   To increase the level of commitment to HIV/AIDS mainstreaming
              amongst members.
          -   Synthesising experience and learning and disseminating lessons
              around mainstreaming

    How will this be achieved and with whom? – this is a kind of check on
     capacity and interest. Do you have enough participants? Do you need more
     people? Could you create some alliances? etc


STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING GOALS:

    Training workshop on Circles approach to Mainstreaming (Feb 2006)

    Production of written briefings or guidelines summarising key
     concepts/elements of mainstreaming definition (building on Oxfam‟s Sue
     Holden book)

    Development of Case Studies based on experiences and approaches of
     member organisations to be posted on AIDS Portal, on member websites and
     in other ways

    Establishment of E mail Discussion Forum within Consortium Membership
     through AIDS Portal



ALLIES/PARTNERS:

Members of „Core Group‟ (ACORD, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Tearfund, VSO) and any
other Members with an interest.

Consortium member participation is quite good at present. However, the group would
benefit from the involvement of others, such as DFID, UNAIDS, JSI, Universities, and
any individuals or organisations who have done work in the area of HIV/aids
mainstreaming in order to have more information about the work they are doing.




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    Rough timeline and relevant events – are there some crucial events or issues
     coming up that we should be aware of?


There is a mainstreaming training workshop organised by the Working Group on
Thursday 2nd March, 10-1.00pm at Tearfund.

VSO may be organising an event on the theme of mainstreaming at the Toronto
Conference.

We are not aware of any other events at present.



    How well do the strategic goals connect with the WG? Do they adequately
     reflect your work or the work you want to do?


Strategic Goal 1 adequately reflects the main goal of the Working Group

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OVC Working Group – Response to consultation                        Back to list

The OVC Working Group highlighted the following about the Consortium and
Working Groups (WGs) in general:
There has been a change in the functioning of the Consortium, the processes have
changed significantly, and evolved organically, and WGs are now much more
important
WGs will only be able to do anything if the members are committed, and are
prepared to do the work.
Members participate in WGs when it fits and adds value to what they are doing as
member agencies
WGs should always be able to respond to the things that come up, they provide the
space for people to bring up issues

What does the WG want to achieve in the next 3 years? - we hope you will have one
or two broad goals in mind, for the work of the group

The TORs are still relevant:
„The agencies working on OVCs have many common areas such as the memory
work, psychosocial work, access to care and treatment, de-institionalisation,
homecare, faith based work and income generation. The Working Group gives the
opportunity to work together on common issues and to form sub-groups around
special areas of interest. The main purpose of the group is to undertake joint lobbying
of the UK government and other policy makers for increased and improved attention
to OVCs in policies, programmes and resources. The second is the sharing of
information and good practice, and facilitating collaboration/avoiding
duplication between members.‟

An additional possible area –

Research
How the WG could make more effective use of existing research, and feed it into
sharing of information that informs the practice. This might take the form of one-off
research sharing events. The other aspect was the possibility of commissioning short
pieces of research, which would need to be things like the RAAAP research, which
has broad reach and was able to draw on the work of all our members. Lastly,
dissemination of research results can be done through various avenues, including
the AIDSPortal.

What kind of alliances and partners should the WG be cultivating?

Linking with other WGs in Europe and global networks of partners
There are two different levels of relationship – one which encompasses doing more
formal work together, and the other which is based on information sharing and linking
European WGs, and those in G8 countries – coordinating better on work related to
European Commission and European Presidencies, G8 agendas, common positions
and lobbying moments; sharing information by sharing minutes etc, encourage
information exchange, using AIDSPortal page where you can find other linked
organisations or networks

Global Networks - Better Care Network, Global Movement for Children, Consortium
for Street Children, GMC advocacy group – information-sharing and keeping each
other informed, and then leaving it to members to create more formal partnerships if
they want.
Ukraine, and other non-EU Europeans?


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Rough timeline and relevant events - are there some crucial events or issues coming
up that we should be aware of?

DFID evaluation
Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, to ringfence funding for children
State of the World‟s Street Children – Consortium on Street Children launching this
on 20 November
UNGASS
Toronto
Global Fund focused around the spending rounds
2007-8 GPF
Children‟s UNGASS 2007

How well do the strategic goals connect with the WG? Do they adequately reflect
your work or the work you want to do?
We would like to see the WGs as real centre of the Consortium reflected in the goals
somehow
Would want to add the nature of evidence-based practice, referencing research, in
the first goal
Breakdown the activities by actors – ie which bit is responsible for what

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Positive Workers Group – response to consultation                 Back to list

What does the WG want to achieve in the next 3 years? - we hope you will have one
or two broad goals in mind, for the work of the group

1) To make sure is GIPA operationalised, acted on and strengthened by all
Consortium members
2) For all members to have workplace policies, and to reduce stigma and
discrimination in workplace
3) For members to look at their programmes with a GIPA perspective, and
evaluate how their workplace policy has helped NGO's operationalise GIPA
differently.
4) To evaluate how member organisations are currently acting on GIPA, so
far as number of HIV positive staff
5) To develop an environment where people living with HIV/AIDS can share a
sense of solidarity
and have space socially.

How will this be achieved and with whom? – this is a kind of check on capacity and
interest.

1)     Through including the GIPA principle as a core principle which guides the
work of the Consortium and its members
2)     Working Positively working group
3)     Questionnaire developed by working group
4)     Work in progress
5)     Networking events every couple of months.

Do you have enough participants? Do you need more people?

We would like to have more members of the group and anticipate it expanding with
time.

Could you create some alliances?

Working groups, especially Working Positively.

Timeline:
Jan            Teleconference to discuss strategic goals/Development and
dissemination
of questionnaire to ascertain number of HIV positive staff members among
Consortium staff
Feb            Networking Event
March
April          Networking Event
May
June           Networking Event
July
August Networking Event
Sept           Development of GIPA questionnaire
Oct            Networking Event/Circulationof questionnaire
Nov
Dec            Networking Event




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How well do the strategic goals connect with the WG? Do they adequately reflect
your work or the work you want to do?

They are connected, but we are looking for action not words to ensure the strategic
goals do not end up like the NGO Code of Conduct in which GIPA is instrumental,
and which has been signed up to by Consortium members, but is not taken seriously.

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WORKPLACE POLICIES WG – response to consultation                              Back to list

What does the WG want to achieve in the next 3 years? - we hope you will have one
or two broad goals in mind, for the work of the group

* All members and the Consortium to have a workplace policy which covers HIV in
the workplace and for them to use the workplace to educate and breakdown stigma
and discrimination
* For members' workplace policies to promote and implement GIPA.
* Continuation of the Exchange Series. The first session this year will be by UKC on
the new ILO training materials and the DDA, bringing in Rob to talk to the group
about how we can use the AIDSPortal, and encouraging members to get involved
inthe working group. The second session will be on re-presenting Working
Positively, where members can bring their policies and share successes and barriers.

How will this be achieved and with whom? - this is a kind of check on capacity and
interest.

* Through the Exchange Series: working group, staff, members;
* Revisiting Working Positively in light of the changes to the DDA, this could be done
in the form of an update through the AIDSPortal;
* We want to encourage members to share updated policies through Exchange
Series and AIDSPortal and to share sources relevant to workplace policies;
* Including GIPA as a principle which guides Consortium members.

Do you have enough participants? Do you need more people?

The working group contains a large number of participants, only a few of which are
active at any one time. We discussed two models: having a working group that only
met to advance plan the exchange series session and would comprise those
interested in the particular topic of the next session; or encouraging members to
become more active in working group.

Could you create some alliances? Etc

BEAD, ILO (if we like their materials we could link to them at ILO website)

Rough timeline and relevant events - are there some crucial events or issues coming
up that we should be aware of?

Next working group meeting on the 27 March at 11 am
Exchange series:    1st Session
                  2nd Session

Toronto - possible skills building session based on Working Positively and workplace
policies
Find out who will be there from Consortium membership:
Deveop skills building abstract: deadline 22 February
Skills building session - August

How well do the strategic goals connect with the WG? Do they adequately reflect
your work or the work you want to do?

Yes. We think the working group contributes to goal two mostly. We would like to
see the Consortium campaign for ACTS, especially in relation to financial services,


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health insurance, travel insurance, pensions. The group felt that there should be
more mention and emphasis on the empowerment of HIV positive people to realise
our own skills and using business and workplace to break down stigma and
discrimination. Everyone should be able to able get involved in the process and
influence design of programmes. The working group should work with other groups
(ie education) and make alliances. There was a suggestion that the Exchange
Series be a cross-cutting fora for all working groups, not just Working Positively.


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