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Improving value for money in HIV programming


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The Alliance, in association with the UK AIDS consortium, held a very successful seminar last week focused on the issues surrounding the measurement and improvement of value for money of HIV/AIDS interventions.

The objective of the meeting, introduced by board member Martin Dinham, was to create a shared agenda for measuring and improving the value for money of HIV/AIDS programming delivered by UK NGOs.

Despite the weather a large number of representatives from UK NGOs attended the meeting accompanied by a very strong turn out from DFID.  Key note speakers included Liz Ditchburn, Director for Value for Money from DFID as well as Will Niblet who is the AIDS Workstream Lead from DFID.  The agenda also included methodological inputs from the New Economics Foundation and from NICE international.  

Demonstrating value

The Alliance presented two recent case studies demonstrating value for money. The first from our Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme in India (the CHAHA programme) and the second from our Stigma programme in Zambia (funded through the Africa Regional Programme).

Both studies highlighted how successful value for money analysis can be done and critically how it can yield very informative results to help with programming. Read more on CHAHA's return on social investment.

They also demonstrated how future value can be maximised from the available resources we have.  IPPF also presented a case study of a value for money analysis focused on comparing different approaches to integrating HIV and reproductive health programmes.

Measuring and Improving

The Alliance also presented a draft paper on our emergent approach to measuring and improving value for money which has been put together with support from Roger Drew. The document will be finalised and circulated widely in early 2011.

The meeting highlighted how the value for money agenda is still an emergent one but one in which the Alliance is leading the way by proactively addressing the  issues and generating information and case studies to inform the debates. This fact was widely recognised by the DFID speakers, representatives from other NGOs as well as BOND.

“Events like this”, said Sam McPherson, The Alliance’s Associate Director: Planning, Analysis & Learning, “show that that the Alliance can play a key leadership and innovation role in shaping the emergent agenda around value for money so that, for example, we can keep the focus on ensuring that ‘value’ is defined by the communities we work with”.

It is certain that as we enter in to 2011 these debates will become increasingly prominent so watch this space for more work in this area!

You can download all of the presentations here.

You can view the draft of the Measuring and Improving the Value for Money of HIV Programming report here. For further information please contact Sam McPherson.

    The Alliance is leading the way in proactively addressing the issues