Representatives were present from most of the Alliance’s donors including the UK, US, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Australian, Irish, Swiss and Dutch governments. Representatives from UN agencies, the Global Fund, several foundations and the Japanese embassy also attended.
As part of reflections on developments over the past three years, delegates were able to learn more about the success of the Alliance approach taken in Uganda to expand the role of networks of people living with HIV, and to understand better the Alliance’s regional technical support hubs by looking at progress in India.
A key part of the meeting was also to discuss the Alliance’s draft strategy for 2010-12. Discussion focused on the idea of a wider health approach through an ‘HIV lens’ and steps in the strategy to build on the Alliance’s human rights and policy work, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the global HIV response.
There was broad support for the new strategy, with one delegate commenting that the strategy showed “clearly the Alliance has its hand on the pulse of the evolving scene”. There was also a strong message from the discussion that gender and gender approaches should be firmly rooted in all aspects of the strategy. This feedback is now being used to improve and finalise the strategy which will be presented to the Alliance board of Trustees for sign off in April.
clearly the Alliance has its hand on the pulse of the evolving scene