In line with EANNASO’s vision and mission, a number of important achievements have been recorded and now provide the basis for the development of the new strategic plan.
KEY PROGRAMMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Developed 11 national networks by strengthening their institutional frameworks in various areas such as capacity assessment, program management, use of ICTs, proposal development and fundraising;
- Through its CSAT capacity building Program, networks in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Mauritius were able to successfully applied for Rounds 8 and 9 of which, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Mauritius were successful. As Principle Recipients (PRs) and Sub Recipients (SRs), CSO networks are now able to strengthen their operational, managerial and M&E capacities as grant management Institutions.
- EANNASO as a CSAT hub for brokering & facilitating linkage to Technical Support has enabled member national networks to benefit from technical support, which facilitated them to take on roles such as effective engagement in CCM, access to GF grants as PRs and SRs, Advocacy for Human Rights and inclusion of key population in GF processes.
- EANNASO has forged successful linkages with key global and regional technical support providers/partners such as, International AIDS Alliance, Global Fund, the Technical Support Facility (TSF), CSAT, WHO, UNAIDS, RATN and CoATS, RAANGO, EAPF, ACSC, AfriCASO and ICASO which has further facilitated the HIV CSO agenda in the region.
- EANNASO has attained effective representation and utilization of Civil Society ‘Space’; Universal Access; Adherence to Global and Regional Declarations/Commitments by working with partners such as Action Aid, Oxfam, HelpAge, World AIDS Campaign, (WAC), ITPC, UNAIDS, ICW, GNP+ among others.
- EANNASO in collaboration with national, regional and global partners led the development of the East African Community HIV & AIDS Prevention and Management Bill 2012 which has been passed by EALA and awaiting assent by the EAC Heads of State. This BILL comes in as a tool for Human Rights protection of all EAC citizens.
- EANNASO has continuously engaged with Regional Economic bodies such as the East African Community (EAC), SADC, and the Great Lakes Initiative on HIV & AIDS (GLIA), ECSA and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) mainly focusing on harmonization of HIV & AIDS policies, legislations and guidelines that pertain to cross border initiatives.
- EANNASO in partnership with other key stakeholders successful launched the ‘Yes We Can: Invest in Indigenous CSOs NOW!’ Campaign which calls for more finances and sustainable technical capacity development of indigenous CSOs in the region.
- Developed and launched the EANNASO website as a platform for communication and sharing of best practices between member networks.
- Initiated the development of the regional dialogue platform for information gathering, processing and sharing among the member networks.
- EANNASO has developed and disseminated key research based and demand driven publication of various documents including Networking Guidelines; Compendium of Declarations of Commitments; CSO Guidelines for Representation; IT guidelines; Regional Facts sheets on Aids Financing Status in Eastern Africa; Documentation of successful Civil Society engagement in GF processes, both DTF and NSA, focusing on Challenges, Processes and Lessons learned, in Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
- Together with AIDS Portal, SAfAIDS, IHAA, ACCORD, HelpAge, AIDSPAN, VSOJitolee and KANCO setup the National Partnership Platforms (NPP) in Kenya, provided technical support to Partners Uganda NPP and established a functional Regional Knowledge Management Initiative (KMI) which is managing content emerging from various countries through a web-based tool known as HIVAlert.net.
KEY INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Expansion of the Secretariat, through the recruitment of six additional staff members with new skill sets. Additionally, staff capacity was strengthened and learning enhanced through trainings and continuous exposure in key regional and international events.
- Developed appropriate organizational policy manuals including the finance, accounting and the human resources manuals for purposes of improved governance and management; and developed and operationalized an HIV & AIDS workplace policy. Other internal systems were developed and implemented including an Internal Communication Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation System, and an organizational Learning System.
EANNASO conducted an end Term Evaluation, which involved a comprehensive assessment of the extent to which it had achieved the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan. Additionally, an internal Organization Capacity Assessment was conducted to determine whether EANNASO’s internal infrastructure was aligned to its objectives and goals, and determined recommendations for improved performance. Identified challenges and gaps are being addressed and have contributed to the new Strategic Direction EANNASO plans to undertake.