UNAIDS in transition

I wanted to highlight this new piece from the Center for Global Development:

The departure of the founding director of UNAIDS provides an opening to re-think the role of an unusual international organization. A new working group headed by CGD vice president Ruth Levine and Ngiare Woods, director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford, will offer recommendations on the future of an entity with a curious mandate and an uneven record.

You can read a draft of the working group’s background paper here, or download a PDF version here.

Learn more:  UNAIDS: Preparing for a New Phase.

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~ by h.e.g. on October 22, 2008.

2 Responses to “UNAIDS in transition”

  1. The report highlights major structural strengths and weaknesses of UNAIDS’s unique makeup as an organization. It’d be interesting to hear more perspectives from those who have worked directly with and for UNAIDS as to how their effectiveness is perceived. As advocates we want to make sure we’re pushing for the best course of action for PLWHA, so I can only hope these decisions will be made with that in mind rather than the politics which can snarl this kind of transition.

  2. Katy,

    Amen to that! This kind of thing can get so messy. I hope that it’s a smooth transition and can bring a lot of hope and new energy to the organization.

    I think UNAIDS gets a lot of criticism sometimes, but it can be easy to overlook the enormity and difficulty of what they do. Not only in terms of the challenges of HIV/AIDS itself, but the huge scope of the issues involved, the numbers of people and groups they have to work with, even the odd structure of the organization itself. Whatever ends up happening, I think the people who work so hard in UNAIDS should really be honored — Peter Piot and everyone else. It’s got to be such draining and often overwhelming work…you’ve got to admire the people who do it year after year.

    Just my two cents. Thanks for your insightful comment, Katy.

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