5048.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - Board 7

Abstract #16365

Public sector contracting of NGOs to fight HIV/AIDS in Brazil

Catherine Connor, MBA1, Katherine Krasovec, PhD1, Pamela Putney, RN/CNM1, and Courtney Barnett, BA2. (1) Abt Associates Inc, 4800 Montgomery Lane, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301)718-3115, catherine_connor@abtassoc.com, (2) U niversity Research Corp, 4800 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

At the conclusion of the session: The participant will be able to 1. Identify how contracts, rather than direct grants, are becoming increasingly popular as a means to expand NGO services to vulnerable populations. 2. Evaluate the different existing contracting mechanisms in two developing countries (Guatemala and Brazil) that enabled the governments to more effectively contract NGOs to delivery critical HIV/AIDS services. 3. Recognize how the underlying environment affected the success of contracting between the government, international donors/agencies and NGOs. 4. Identify and list lessons learned from these two country case studies that can be used to help other governments in their efforts to expand access, coverage and quality of HIV/AIDS services to vulnerable populations.

During the session the facilitator will: Discuss how innovative contracting and communication mechanisms in Guatemala and Brazil have expanded and improved HIV/AIDS service delivery to vulnerable populations. Describe the different contracting mechanisms and strategies used to ensure delivery of HIV/AIDS program interventions and how the underlying environment in each country affected the capacity of the NGOs to effectively deliver HIV/AIDS services and interventions. Explore how the lessons learned from these two countries can be used to assist other governments, donors and international donors in their efforts to expand the access, coverage and quality of HIV/AIDS services to vulnerable populations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session: 1. Participants will be able to identify the effective and critical communication mechanisms by the contracting body and NGOs to maximize and facilitate the NGOs to provide quality HIV/AIDS services and interventions. 2. Participants will recognize how World Bank loan funds and advocacy were leveraged to meet national program objectives and reach target populations with HIV/AIDS services. 3. Participants will understand how the above mechanisms were used to improve NGO capacity to implement projects and comply with contractual terms. 4. Participants will be able to compare how MOH training to improve NGO capacity resulted in some projects succeeding over others. During the session: Facilitator will discuss how NGOs have led the way in providing HIV/AIDS services, and extending the reach of national and international programs. The facilitator will also discuss how innovative technology has been utilized to improve HIV/AIDS program effectiveness with NGOs and how the contracting process was enhanced by the use of an independent committee that followed predetermined criteria for selection. Additionally, the facilitator will discuss the types of projects that were more likely to succeed than others to deliver HIV/AIDS services

Keywords: Contracting, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: World Bank
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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