40th PCB Meeting
Agenda 1.4 CCO Report
Sonal Mehta, Asia Pacific Delegate
Thank you Chairperson, for clear, direct, and sensitive report.
Few people realise the complexity and magnitude of the Joint Programme and the impressive results it provides. While most of us, including country governments, communities, and civil society experience the Joint Programme as a blind person experiences elephant, and therefore based on the Co-Sponsors we experience we describe the entire programme as that part of the body of elephant. But only when one reads the complicated UBRAF and CCO report one realizes it is not easy to work in a complex, accountability framework.
The NGO Delegation appreciates the readiness of the Cosponsors to work on the Joint Review Panel recommendations, and agreement for joint resource mobilization. We also appreciate the Global Fund – UNAIDS evaluation since efforts will bring clarity on complementarity. But we would like to emphasise the unique strengths of each Cosponsors is clear and utilized. Some of our community experiences bear evidence of lack of coordination and duplication among various Cosponsors, while complete neglect of some critical issues.
My experience in India shows at least three Cosponsors working on verticle – UNICEF, UNAIDS, and UNFPA bombs no one with young people living with HIV on sexual reproductive health.
One concern we would like to highlight is in the area of managing the communication around the budget cuts and its impact on the work on ground. It is important to prepare countries and communities, therefore we encourage a constant dialogue with civil society [and other country stakeholders] with complete transparency and openness. We think there is room for improvement there and it is important that a new crisis of loss of trust and faith should not start, just as we are learning to control a financial crisis.
While reviewing the report of the CCO, one observation was that out of the 11 Co-Sponsors 10 case studies come from Africa, which may or may not mean anything. But it is very necessary that the joint response is focused where the need is, but it is critical that no one is left behind in our responses.
Mr. Chairman, #THEUNAIDSWENEED ensures communities engagement not only as recipients but as designers and architects of the HIV response.