The Alliance model
The Alliance is a global partnership of 41 Linking Organisations and Country Offices, seven Technical Support Hubs and an International Secretariat.
Alliance Linking Organisations receive technical and financial assistance from the international secretariat. In turn, they support and develop thousands more non-governmental and community-based organisations.
Linking Organisations are intermediaries; while they might provide some direct services, their main objective is to assist other groups responding to HIV and other health related issues such as tuberculosis and sexual and reproductive health.
In some countries, faced with an urgent need for action, the Alliance has established Country Offices . These are governed by the Alliance international secretariat but led and staffed by nationals. Where possible, the Alliance is committed to helping its country offices evolve into sustainable, locally led linking organisations as quickly as possible.
The Alliance international secretariat (with offices in the UK, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and India) facilitates learning, best practice, policy and advocacy, quality standards and brand value across the Alliance global partnership.
The Secretariat was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 24 December 1993, and is registered with Companies House under number 2883774. The organisation’s governing document is its memorandum and articles of association.
The Secretariat is governed by its Board of Trustees, the highest policy-making body within the organisation.
The Secretariat is managed on a daily basis by the Senior Management Team (see below):
- Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director – coordinates and directs the three Secretariat departments, as well as the Legal, Risk and Compliance Team and reports to the Board of Trustees.
- Lynette Lowndes, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Field Programmes – coordinates the three regional teams (Asia and Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean), as well as the Planning, Analysis and Learning (PAL) Team, Contracts Team, Technical Cooperation Unit and Global Alliance Services Unit.
- Awo Ablo, Director of External Relations – coordinates the Resource Mobilisation Team, Policy Team, Best Practice Unit and Communications Team, as well as the US Office.
- David Hughes, Director of Corporate Services – coordinates the Finance, Human Resources, Administration and ICT Teams.
- In addition there are four Associate Directors who report to individual Directors: Jill Russell (Field Programmes and PAL), Christine Stegling (Best Practice Unit), Greg Munro (Technical Cooperation Unit) and Abdelkadar Bacha (Global Alliance Services).
Charter and linking agreement
All linking organisations, and the international secretariat, have signed a Charter and Linking Agreement which clearly describes the Alliance, how it works, what its values and commitments are, and how these will be honoured.
By taking a pro-active position, the Alliance aims to be clear about its standards and the integrity and professionalism of all organisations that are part of the global partnership, including the international secretariat.
Regional technical support hubs
A group of Regional Technical Support Hubs provide most of the Alliance’s technical support. These Hubs, hosted by various linking organisations, provide technical support to Alliance linking organisations as well as marketing their services to external clients.
An accreditation system has been designed to guarantee quality across the Alliance and guide the admission of new linking organisations. An accredited Alliance member must meet high institutional and programmatic standards, as assessed by peer review.
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