Alliance Ukraine becomes independent in 2009
Starting from 2009 “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” (Alliance Ukraine) is a linking organisation within the global Alliance partnership uniting more than 30 organisations.
According to its global partnership strategy the International HIV/AIDS Alliance encourages transition of its country offices to independent national organisations supporting community action to the overcoming HIV/AIDS epidemic. Upon acquiring organisational and managerial independence these organisations share the key values and remain within the International Alliance global partnership. The first Alliance country offices moved to the independent status are those in the Ivory Coast in 2006, Andhra Pradesh (India) in 2007 and the Caribbean in 2008. Alliance Ukraine became independent at the beginning of 2009.
Alliance started to work in Ukraine at the end of 2000 – at first, as an international technical assistance project within the Transatlantic HIV Prevention Initiative supported by the US Agency for International Development and the European Union (2000-2004). Alliance Ukraine became a separate legal entity in March 2003 after the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine had registered “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” as an international charitable foundation with the International Alliance Secretariat (Brighton) as a founder.
Despite legal dependency Alliance Ukraine has always been guided by the real needs for effective HIV response in Ukraine, relying on national experts, thoroughly studying and addressing the epidemic dynamics, changes and needs of the communities vulnerable to HIV.
In 2007 Kyiv and Brighton agreed to launch a transition process of the Alliance Ukraine from a country office to an independent linking organisation with its own separate governing bodies.
The first real test for independence took place when the Alliance Ukraine was approved as one of the Principal Recipients of Round 6 HIV Grant submitted by the country to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Alliance Ukraine has been implementing it since August 2007. At the same time Alliance Ukraine implements the GF Round 1 grant (which is about to end in March 2009) and the “Scaling up the national response to HIV/AIDS through Information and Services” (“SUNRISE”) program supported by the US Agency for International Development. Over the last 4 years the projects have most significantly contributed into the national HIV/AIDS response in Ukraine.
In 2008 the recommendations of the Comprehensive External Evaluation of the 2004-2008 national AIDS response in Ukraine and the Global Fund advice sped up the transition process of the Alliance Ukraine into an independent linking organisation within the global Alliance partnership.
Mission, values and team of the new Alliance Ukraine
The new Alliance Ukraine retains the same mission, vision and values that have been guiding the Alliance activities over the recent years. Supporting community action on HIV/AIDS locally, nationally and regionally will continue to be the cornerstone and raison-d’être of the organisation. Our team, well-known to all the stakeholders, will do their best to develop further professionally and improve skills necessary for effective implementation of complex and large-scale programmes to overcome the epidemic. The official name and legal status also remain the same. The “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” is an international charitable foundation but with modified independent governing bodies now including citizens of Ukraine and other countries of the region.
Independent governing bodies will strengthen the Alliance Ukraine to rapidly respond to the needs of overcoming HIV/AIDS in Ukraine and in the region.
The essence of the change is creation of independent governing bodies including the Board and Supervisory Committee The governing bodies involve well-known Ukrainian experts working for national non-governmental and international organisations as well as leaders in public health and corporate governance including people directly affected by HIV.
The new governing bodies will strengthen effectiveness of the Alliance Ukraine joint team, most of all, due to incorporation of rich experience and high-level expertise of national and regional experts. Besides, regular governing board meetings will now take place in Ukraine; this will also create an opportunity for more regular communication and closer links between the governing board members, Alliance management team and staff. The new governing bodies will enable further improving the ways to reach strategic goals, implementing the Alliance Ukraine vision and mission. The Supervisory Committee will ensure improvements of financial aspects of the Alliance’s activities and its corporate culture. The members of the Alliance Ukraine governing bodies will follow the principles effectiveness with efficiency, accountability and transparency.
The new Board and Supervisory Committee will encourage strengthening of cooperation with national and international stakeholders; ensure better use of experience and skills of the partner organisations and communities involved in scaling up effective HIV/AIDS response in the country.
The first meeting of the governing bodies will take place during the first quarter of 2009.
The Alliance Ukraine Supervisory Committee is strengthened with a launch of a special advisory unit responsible for internal audit, risk management and compliance. This will allow Alliance Ukraine to introduce additional accountability mechanisms and increase organisational efficiency and transparency.
The Advisor Unit reports to the Supervisory Committee of the ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine”.
New Alliance Ukraine continues cooperation with national partners and stakeholders for overcoming HIV/AIDS epidemic and related public health challenges in 2009
In 2009 the Alliance Ukraine will continue cooperation with all key HIV response partners drawing on technical assistance from the International Alliance global partnership and support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, USAID and other donors. The main aim is to ensure financial stability and strengthening organisational capacity of the local partners directly providing services to the most vulnerable populations.
In particular, among the major tasks in 2009 are:
- To ensure a proper close out and analysis of the “Overcoming HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine” programme supported by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria within the Round 1 grant (programme ends on 31 March, 2009; the final press-conference is planned for June 2009);
- In cooperation with the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV and close partnership with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports, other state and non-governmental organisations, UN agencies and the National Council to fight Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and other partners to prepare a request for continued funding of Round 6 grant Phase 2 at the beginning of April 2009.
- To contribute to the development of further programmes addressing HIV and TB for applying to the GFATM Round 9 competition.
Mission, Vision and Values of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine
The Advisor Unit
BRIEF ON THE INTERNATIONAL HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE CURRENT ACTIVITY IN UKRAINE
International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine: Annual Report
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