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Leading good practice in Colombia

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MAY
2009

Aids Alliance

Organisations responding to AIDS in Colombia received expert guidance at a workshop hosted by LigaSida, an Alliance implementing organisation, on 27-28 February.

The event, supported by the Alliance and the Colombian Red Cross, and sponsored by the International Federation of the Red Cross, focused on the implementation of the Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS.

The Alliance and other international organisations launched the Code in December 2004. Drawing on many years of experience, it establishes principles of good practice to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of HIV responses.

The Code helps organisations to improve the quality and consistency of their work and their accountability to partners and the communities they serve. It encourages closer collaboration and dialogue between groups.

This strategy is designed to promote organisational changes, provide a framework for partners, and document the conception, delivery and assessment of programmes and advocacy. By working towards the principles laid down in the Code, organisations commit to ongoing improvements in both performance and accountability.

Dr Carolina Cossio, Regional Representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross, attended the workshop. Dr Cossio, based in Lima, Peru, has taken the leading role in implementing the Code in several countries and has brought her expertise to the work now underway in Colombia. Also participating were Dr Ricardo García of UNAIDS and Dr Diana Peñarete of UNHCR.

Among the many Bogota-based organisations participating in the workshop were the Fundación Hope Worldwide, Fundación Tejedores de Vida, Fundación Henry Ardila, Fundación Huellas de Arte, Fundación Procrear, Fundación Milagros, Fundación Asivida and Corporación Vivir. Groups from other cities were also invited including Fundarvi from Barranquilla, María Fortaleza from Pasto, Santamaría Fundación GLBT from Cali and the Santander branch of LigaSida itself.

The Alliance began work in Colombia at the end of 2008. Alongside LigaSida (which is in the process of becoming a linking organisation), the Alliance's implementing partners are the Santamaría Fundación GLBT from Cali and the Fundación Procrear, Bogota. All are signatories of the Code of Good Practice.