Community responses lie at the heart of effective and efficient responses to HIV. Yet their contributions have not been evaluated or documented before now. The Consortium has been working in partnership with the World-Bank and DFID in their evaluation of the community response to HIV/AIDS.
The evaluation was important for the World Bank, which allocated a third of Multi-country HIV/AIDS Program (MAP) resources to community responses. It was also vital for DFID and other donors in the context of a growing emphasis on accountability, transparency, delivering results and value for money. For communities, it helps them to engage donors, technical agencies and governments.
On the back of the evidence brought about from the World Bank-DFID evaluation, the Consortium working to increase financial and technical support given to those who live with HIV/AIDS. This topic will be major focus of our contribution to the International AIDS Conference in Washington in July 2012.