Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012

Details for Mechanism ID: 10807
Country/Region: Tanzania
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Palladium Group (formerly Futures Group)
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Private Contractor
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $900,000

The projects main goal is to support URT and its civil society to build an enabling environment for the scale-up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The main objectives are to strengthen leadership and governance of HIV issues and programs; accelerate the development, adoption, and implementation of priority HIV/AIDS policies, plans, and regulations for scale-up; increase financial resources and accountability for HIV/AIDS programs; increase use of evidence-based information and data for decision-making and advocacy activities. Focus areas of the project include leadership and governance, policies, resources, and data use. The Health Policy Initiative (HPI) goals and objectives directly address the third and sixth goals of the PF. The goal and objectives also respond to GHIs strategy of strengthened leadership and governance.

Operationally, it will cover at the national, regional, and local levels. Iringa Region will be targeted for GBV guidelines implementation while targeting government, MPs, PLHIV, CSOs, FBOs, and media.

The main strategy will be to strengthen the council awareness to include HIV/AIDS and GBV programs into the integrated council health planning and budget process. To gain cost and time efficiencies, partnering with other implementing CAs and NGOs will improve coordination and help avoid duplication of activities.

HPI will increase CSOs' participation as strategy to transition to the local organizations or other donors: Capacity building of Councils and integration of the work with councils and communities; capacity building for the target groups - both to enhance National and Local ownership. Avenues to share best practices will be created.HPI will use its Performance Monitoring Plan to monitor and evaluate its implementation.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $900,000

The Futures Group will use COP 2012 funds for a range of activities that serve to enhance the policy environment for the HIV/AIDS response. In addition to advocacy for key change with opinion leaders, including MPs, PLHIVs groups, religious leaders, and the media. The Futures Group will also focus on specific technical areas.

To address the significant shortfall in human resources for health, the project will provide policy support for task shifting. In addition, Futures Group will monitor policy reforms in the areas of gender equity to establish reforms needed for enhancing gender equity in economic issues.

To contribute to reducing violence against women and children, which has proven to increase vulnerability to HIV acquisition, the project will work with GBV partners to develop a coordinated comprehensive response to GBV and document lessons learned to use during the latter phases of the graduated roll-out of GBV interventions. Futures Group will work with two Local Government Councils in Iringa to incorporate GBV activities in their comprehensive council development plans and budgets as a step towards sustainability of GBV programs . On the media front, funds will support a national women leaders conference to issue statement against GBV, train journalists to report accurately on GBV cases and issues, and promote coverage of GBV in media as a human right issue.

In collaboration with other stakeholders, the Futures Group will work with TACAIDS and PLHIV to develop a Stigma and Discrimination (S&D) strategy, then develop user friedly maerials from the S&D reduction strategy for dissemination purposes. Another objective is to strengthen NACOPHA and the advocacy role of its constituent organizations in implementing S&D at the national and local level.

Lastly, linkages will increase between Parliamentary AIDS Committee and national organs such as TACAIDS; this will include support for a policy forum to address and debate on HIV/AIDS policy reforms and their intersections with the GHI strategy and the PFIP.

Subpartners Total: $0
Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania: NA
Christian Council of Tanzania: NA
Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children - Tanzania: NA
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs - Tanzania: NA
National Council for People Living with HIV and AIDS: NA
National Muslim Council of Tanzania: NA
Pentecostal Church of Tanzania: NA
Tanzania Commission for AIDS: NA
Women Development Association: NA
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services
Increasing women's legal rights and protection
Family Planning