The Madikwe Forum: a comprehensive partnership for supporting governance of Botswana’s HIV and AIDS response

  • Gavin George
  • Candice Reardon
  • Jonathan Gunthorp
  • Themba Moeti
  • Innocent Chingombe
  • Lesego Busang
  • Godfrey Musuka

Abstract

There is a need for actors within the philanthropic sector to pursue collaborative  partnerships with developing nations which could result in sustainable country-led responses to HIV and AIDS. There is also a need to evaluate the structures  governing these partnerships in order to determine their effectiveness in strengthening national responses to HIV and AIDS. This article presents findings from a qualitative study of a governance structure of the African Comprehensive  HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), namely the Madikwe Forum. The investigation sought to critically reflect on the role and effectiveness of the Madikwe Forum in Botswana’s response to HIV and AIDS and to consider the value of such a forum for other developing nations and partnership arrangements. The findings indicate that the Madikwe Forum has enabled considerable progress in the implementation of ACHAP-supported initiatives in Botswana. The constructive working relationship and close alignment between ACHAP and the Botswana government’s objectives and priority areas were viewed as critical to this success. However, problems exist regarding the operation of the forum as well as a lack of focus on monitoring and evaluation, which requires the forum’s urgent attention.

Keywords: ACHAP, donors, international organisations, multisectoral collaboration, public–private partnerships, sub-Saharan Africa, sustainability

African Journal of AIDS Research 2012, 11(1): 27–35

Author Biographies

Gavin George
Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, Durban, South Africa
Candice Reardon
Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, Durban, South Africa
Jonathan Gunthorp
Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, Durban, South Africa
Themba Moeti
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Private Bag X033, Gaborone, Botswana
Innocent Chingombe
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Private Bag X033, Gaborone, Botswana
Lesego Busang
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Private Bag X033, Gaborone, Botswana
Godfrey Musuka
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Private Bag X033, Gaborone, Botswana
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