In addition, ACT supports the Code of Good Practice for NGOs responding to HIV/AIDS. The Code provides a shared vision of principles for good practice in our programming and advocacy that can guide our work, and to which we can commit and be held accountable.
Since the mid- to late 1990s, there has been a considerable increase in the number and range of NGOs involved in responding to the multiple challenges presented by HIV/AIDS:
- NGOs undertaking HIV/AIDS work
- NGOs integrating HIV/AIDS-specific interventions within other health programming, such as sexual and reproductive health and child and maternal health programmes
- and NGOs mainstreaming HIV/AIDS within development, human rights and humanitarian programming
There have also been significant changes in the global funding environment, particularly in ensuring that the lessons learned over the past 20 years are used to guide the allocation of resources in scaling up responses to HIV/AIDS.
These changes both support and complicate the process of expanding the scale and impact of NGO programmes, which is so urgently needed. The proliferation of NGOs and programmes
has, at times, occurred at the expense of accountability and quality programming, and has led to fragmentation of the NGO ‘voice’ in the HIV/AIDS response. The purpose of the Code is to
address these new challenges by:
- outlining and building wider commitment to principles and practices, informed by evidence, that underscore successful NGO responses to HIV/AIDS
- assisting ‘Supporting NGOs’ to improve the quality and cohesiveness of our work and our accountability to our partners and beneficiary communities
- fostering greater collaboration between the variety of ‘Supporting NGOs’ now actively engaged in responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and
- renewing the ‘voice’ of NGOs responding to HIV/AIDS by enabling us to commit to a shared vision of good practice in our programming and advocacy
The Code of Good Practice provides guidance to Supporting NGOs in their work with their NGO partners. The principles set out in the Code can be used to guide:
- organisational planning
- the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes, including advocacy programmes
- advocacy efforts to ensure effective scaling-up of our responses to HIV/AIDS
- allocation of resources based on the principles it outlines, and
- advocacy efforts to ensure that the essential range of programmes is available where they are needed
The Code of Good Practice is available in English, French and Spanish.