Early in 2008 the Alliance launched Pepal, an innovative partnership with the private sector and academic institutions which aimed to boost Alliance leadership skills.
Over the last year Pepal has enabled Alliance involvement in international development programmes that combine corporate social responsibility with talent development.
Working in partnership with INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools, participants from Alliance linking organisations in Uganda, Philippines, Ukraine and Zambia have successfully completed the International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM) and a second cohort will graduate in 2009.
Pepal have also been managing an International Executive Development Programme (EDP) on behalf of the Alliance whereby talented managers from the private sector have the opportunity to work alongside their peers in not-for-profit organisations and benefit from world-class executive training led by INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre.
Senior managers are now working on Alliance projects in Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Ukraine, Myanmar, Cambodia, Morocco and India.
As of July 2009, with further funding from the Fondation Hoffmann (based in Switzerland and previously the Harafi Foundation), Pepal will separate from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to become an independent organisation. This will enable it to expand its programmes to include other NGOs, and seek additional partners and funding.
A new governance structure is being established and the project will relocate to new offices based in London. The International Executive Development Programme will continue to be managed by Pepal on behalf of the Alliance.
Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance said, "We will continue to maintain strong links with Pepal in line with our strategic goal to build an effective Alliance, and linking organisations will continue to benefit from any future Pepal management programmes.
"We are proud to be the founders of such a unique initiative and we are sure that the new organisation will go from strength to strength, and continue to build leadership and management skills among community organisations in developing countries."
Julie Saunders, Director of Pepal commented, "Pepal is committed to creating even more opportunities to develop managers through international, experiential and knowledge-driven programmes.
"We are in the process of developing links with other international NGOs with a view to sharing these opportunities more widely."
We are proud to be the founders of such a unique initiative.