HIV/AIDS Among Vulnerable Population Initiatve

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Evaluation Plan:
2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
07/2006
Completion Date:
07/2006
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
1,600
The HIV Prevention among Vulnerable Populations Initiative (HPVPI) was drafted in 2003, launched in 2004 and was the first comprehensive initiative aimed to address HIV prevention needs of vulnerable populations in Serbia and Montenegro. In the past 2 years of activities the project has significantly contributed to the development of an evidence based HIV/AIDS policy that has informed both countries' operational response. The Serbian Ministry of Health has developed a policy that supports evidence-based interventions, and is engaged in the implementation of this policy though a new institution, the National HIV/AIDS Office (NHO). Focusing the support on building its capacity appears both a logical and effective way to assist the government's effort to implement its HIV/AIDS strategy. HPVPI has been involved in the development of this new structure and enjoys good collaboration with its staff. Additionally, best practices developed through HPVPI conceived as "demonstration" practices need now to be consolidated and institutionalized, funded and rolled out in other regions. Consequently there is scope for bringing input at a critical moment to support the government achieving the 3X1 and the NHO in implementing the strategy (at a time when GFATM will not be available). The objectives of the revised concept note for the project include (1) NHO to be supported in the further development of a coordinated, integrated national HIV strategy (notably for the prevention, treatment and care of vulnerable populations); (2) Capacity building of the NHO and National Institute of Public Health (IPH) to improve their management and technical skills; (3) Support to the NHO in the dissemination of best practices and expertise to national and regional stakeholders and (4) Support for National IPH and NHO in developing effective surveillance and monitoring and evaluation capacities. Considering the lack of absorption capacity in Montenegro and the prominent role that the GFATM w

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Title HIV/AIDS Among Vulnerable Population Initiatve
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2006
Planned End Date: 07/2006
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 1,600
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Sandra Mounier Jack and Zoran Cakic Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: SERBIA
Comments: Evaluation of the HIV/AIDS Prevention for Vulnerable Population Initiative
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Communication and dissemination of results The next 6 months of the project should be devoted to the effective dissemination of results, including best practices. The regional dissemination of results could also support the current effort of the NHO to promote the HIV/AIDS national strategy in the regions. The results of the field research are eagerly expected by all stakeholders and should be disseminated widely, through policy briefs and/or seminars. New exit strategy for demonstration projects As detailed above, HPVPI should prepare with each of the demonstration projects an operational exit strategy and should support organisations in their application to funding agencies (local and international). Montenegro cooperation A specific exit strategy for Montenegro should be envisaged in order to facilitate the inclusion of achieved results in the strategy that will be deployed with the GFATM implementation. It is suggested that DFID facilitates the discussion related to the new exit strategy in collaboration with the HPVPI team and the two UNDP offices in Belgrade and Podgorica. HPVPI should continue to work on the access of existing demonstration projects in Montenegro to GFATM funds and in providing possible technical assistance to the GFATM Montenegro team. Co-locating with the NHO for the last 6 months of the project Discussions should be pursued with both NHO, national IPH and the Ministry of Health (including on cost sharing) for phasing the co-location of HPVPI project's team within the NHO office. This early co-location would be the opportunity to "test" collaboration and to refine the type of support needed by the organization before the project ends in March 2007. Donors coordination There was a strong interest by most donors in collaborating with DFID on the future programming and discussions with the Ministry of Health. CIDA expressed a willingness to possibly support NHO in coordination with other donors, although the agency requested more information on the TORs of the NHO. The Dutch embassy representative also showed an interest in more structured cooperation in the area of HIV that could translate into a coalition of donors that could push the HIV agenda with the Ministry of Health. It would be beneficial to have a clearer picture of the future priorities of the EC in the area of health in the next EC multi annual indicative programme, as the EC is bound to become the most significant donor agency in the medium to long term. There might be a specific case for coordination of the different agencies' wider regional policies in the area of HIV/AIDS, as several donors are currently supporting regional programmes (CIDA, SIDA and Dutch gov.).
1. Recommendation: Communication and dissemination of results The next 6 months of the project should be devoted to the effective dissemination of results, including best practices. The regional dissemination of results could also support the current effort of the NHO to promote the HIV/AIDS national strategy in the regions. The results of the field research are eagerly expected by all stakeholders and should be disseminated widely, through policy briefs and/or seminars. New exit strategy for demonstration projects As detailed above, HPVPI should prepare with each of the demonstration projects an operational exit strategy and should support organisations in their application to funding agencies (local and international). Montenegro cooperation A specific exit strategy for Montenegro should be envisaged in order to facilitate the inclusion of achieved results in the strategy that will be deployed with the GFATM implementation. It is suggested that DFID facilitates the discussion related to the new exit strategy in collaboration with the HPVPI team and the two UNDP offices in Belgrade and Podgorica. HPVPI should continue to work on the access of existing demonstration projects in Montenegro to GFATM funds and in providing possible technical assistance to the GFATM Montenegro team. Co-locating with the NHO for the last 6 months of the project Discussions should be pursued with both NHO, national IPH and the Ministry of Health (including on cost sharing) for phasing the co-location of HPVPI project's team within the NHO office. This early co-location would be the opportunity to "test" collaboration and to refine the type of support needed by the organization before the project ends in March 2007. Donors coordination There was a strong interest by most donors in collaborating with DFID on the future programming and discussions with the Ministry of Health. CIDA expressed a willingness to possibly support NHO in coordination with other donors, although the agency requested more information on the TORs of the NHO. The Dutch embassy representative also showed an interest in more structured cooperation in the area of HIV that could translate into a coalition of donors that could push the HIV agenda with the Ministry of Health. It would be beneficial to have a clearer picture of the future priorities of the EC in the area of health in the next EC multi annual indicative programme, as the EC is bound to become the most significant donor agency in the medium to long term. There might be a specific case for coordination of the different agencies' wider regional policies in the area of HIV/AIDS, as several donors are currently supporting regional programmes (CIDA, SIDA and Dutch gov.).
Management Response: [Added: 2009/10/19]

Future priorities of the EC in the area of health in the next EC multi annual indicative programme to be investigated

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
EC is bound to become the most significant donor agency in the medium to long term.
[Added: 2009/10/19]
Serbia 2009/10 Completed

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