Since its inception, the South Asia Hub has undertaken a range of assignments to support the goals of a growing base of clients. Some examples of our work follow here:
Technical support to Global Fund Round 9 Principal Recipients in India (April 2010-March 2011)
Client: Grant Management Solutions (GMS), Arlington, USA
This assignment involved technical support to two Principal Recipients (PRs) of the Global Fund Round 9 programme for India—working with migrants and injecting drug users (IDUs) respectively—to strengthen their capacities in implementation, monitoring & evaluation, and financial management. This assignment supported each PR in its fulfillment of criteria established by the Global Fund as conditions of grant award. Support was provided in close partnership with GMS.
Strengthening the capacity of Alliance Technical Support Hubs in India and Cambodia to support programmes for female IDUs and female partners of male IDUs and to develop a gender-sensitive and female-friendly approach within IDU programmes across Asia (October 2009-December 2010)
Client: UNDP Bureau of Development Policy, New York, USA
This project focused on building capacity of technical support providers from South and South East Asia to make IDU programming more gender-sensitive and female-friendly. As part of this assignment, provider skills were expanded to better support community-based organisations, government agencies, UN organisations and bilateral agencies. A gender guide and a facilitator’s manual have been developed as part of this assignment and will be available to make harm reduction programmes more gender-sensitive.
Capacity building of PRs and SRs in Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives on Global Fund M&E mechanisms (March-May 2010)
Client: UNAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
This assignment developed capacities of Principal Recipients (PRs) and Sub-recipients (SRs) in three countries to increase their understanding of the Global Fund’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) indicators, performance framework, and M&E System Strengthening Tools. This training helped ensure compliance with Global Fund M&E policies and practices and provided direct technical support to Global Fund partners.
Technical support to the Ministry of Health, Government of Bhutan, to prepare proposal for Global Fund Round 10 (March-May 2010)
Client: UNAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Technical support was provided to the Ministry of Health in Bhutan to help them identify programme priorities for their Global Fund Round 10 proposal. This assignment also involved working closely with the PLHIV network in Bhutan to expand their understanding of the Global Fund mechanism, proposal development, and the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub-recipients (SRs).
Review of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men and transgender populations in South East Asia (June-September 2009)
Client: World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South East Asia
This review was designed to systematically bring together published and unpublished surveillance, research reports and programme data on MSM and transgender populations. This resulting report has been published by WHO. It provides detailed information of the challenges facing MSM and transgenders in South and South East Asia, along with an analysis of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
Mapping funding mechanisms and sources for community-based responses to HIV/AIDS (November 2009)
Client: The World Bank India
This assignment critically analysed the strategies of various donors supporting the HIV response in India and assessed funding availability. The primary objective of the evaluation was to help build a robust pool of evidence on the value of community-based action and activities for prevention, care, treatment, and support. The evaluation considered: the flow of funds and resource allocations; the effect of community responses on the course of the epidemic; and the broader social changes occurring in communities as a result of engagement with the HIV response.
Systematic evaluation of child protection policies in South Asia (October 2009-December 2009)
Client: UNICEF India
This assignment supported the development of policy and programmatic recommendations for greater synergy with child protection activities in South Asia for children affected by HIV/AIDS (CABA) in low prevalence and concentrated epidemic settings. Child protection policies in India, Bangladesh and Nepal were critically reviewed, and a paper was developed highlighting the gaps in child protection policies in the region and the need for further refining policies to better target and support CABA.
Evaluation of Global Fund Round 7 link workers programme in India (November 2009-March 2010)
Client: National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), UNICEF India
This assignment involved a systematic evaluation of the link workers programme being implemented by NACO and UNICEF in high HIV prevalence states in India. In-depth interviews were conducted with various stakeholders including link workers themselves (paramedical staff, health workers, auxiliary nurses, midwifes, etc.) to understand achievements as well as gaps in programme implementation. Documents were reviewed, and a final report was prepared and submitted to NACO with suggestions for further strengthening the current programme.