The report by UNAIDS, Experiences from the Three Countries in the HIV First Learning Wave (FLW) focuses on experiences in Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi during 2009. The key findings include:
- The NSA modality is a important mechanism to strengthen strategic planning for HIV and AIDS in countries
- The NSA modality has not been well understood: UNAIDS needs to conduct more robust dialogue with GF, and other partners, about what support is required to roll it out.
- Support for Strategic Planning at country level is very patchy and urgently needs to be beefed up.
- A set of specific technical issues in countries embarking on NSP and/or NSA development will need to be supported with tools, guidance and varying forms of technical support: the ‘attributes’ of a good strategy, results frameworks (not simply M&E), ensuring inclusion and legitimacy, civil society roles, costing, gap analysis, Operational Planning.
- Supporting countries to respond to performance‐based funding (not just GF, but also PEPFAR and other GHIs) will require very considerable strengthening of strategic and operational planning processes and architecture.