Implementing Partners and Organizational Types
Implementing partners are organizations or entities that are contracted by PEPFAR to perform work. PEPFAR itself is not an implementer of programs but manages the grants, monitoring and evaluation, and policy of the U.S. government’s global HIV strategy. Implementing partners receive funds through “mechanisms” that are essentially grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to implement specific HIV programs.
While identified similarly here, U.S. government agencies such as CDC and USAID are generally funded to do both management and operations of the PEPFAR program overall as well as programs in which the agencies are the primary implementers.
In the COPs/ROPs, PEPFAR categorizes all primary implementing partners by an organizational type. This practice began in the 2010 COP/ROP cycle and has been continued ever since. For COP years 2007 – 2009, we have retroactively applied categorizations to implementing partners that we have been able to identify from the post-2010 COPs/ROPs. However, a significant number of organizations from this time period remain uncategorized.
There are 12 organizational types in the database:
- Faith Based Organization (FBO)
- Host Country Government Agency
- Implementing Agency
- Multi-lateral Agency
- Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
- Other U.S. Government (USG) Agency
- Own Agency
- Private Contractor
- To Be Determined (TBD)
However, PEPFAR has not published formal definitions for the organizational types and there are known coding issues wherein single implementing partners have been categorized as multiple types of organizations over time. These are reflected in the partner pages.