The NGO Delegation recognises that technical support is a function designed to allow countries, including government and civil society, to maximise their investment and engage with best practice and global guidelines in strategically responding to the specific nature of each countries’ HIV epidemic.
We recognize that technical support needs at country level are assessed, funded and delivered by a growing range of providers from UNAIDS, the co-sponsors, donor countries and civil society and that UNAIDS’ key contribution in its convening function to the development of technical support is as a convenor of the different stakeholders at country, regional and global levels.
We want UNAIDS to prioritise the development of technical support given the changing economic environment, donor investment priorities, Global Fund eligibility criteria, and the implications of the prioritisation of countries within the UNAIDS Strategy. The best strategic response will come from a dynamic and strategic partnership between all the key partners in technical support and this has to include representatives of global south countries and civil society.
We welcome the general trend towards finding South-to-South solutions to delivering technical support because these are more cost effective, sustainable and often more culturally sensitive but also recognise the need for a blended approach that can respond to short term issues and crises while also working to support the evolving response and capacities of governments and civil society at a country level.
We would like to call attention to the body of technical knowledge and expertise that exists within civil society, including providing services and advocacy challenging environments, and calls on those coordinating and responding to technical support requests to more systematically make use of this rich resource.
We note that while country level coordination is the desired approached, strategies for coordinating and delivering technical support at a regional level are also needed to both respond to requests from country level but to also provide support to strengthen, coordinate and develop the HIV response to achieve the goals of the 2011 High Level Meeting declaration. This is particularly important in building capacity and resilience among civil society organisations and particularly key population and people living with HIV networks who are key critical enablers and advocates for the UNAIDS strategy.