School children in Zambia © Alliance
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In 2011, Alliance Linking Organisations continued to benefit from south-to-south learning and from strengthened organisational development and HIV programming through the Alliance’s knowledge sharing and accreditation system.



TARGET: 80% of Alliance Linking Organisations have achieved full endorsement as an accredited Alliance member.

The Alliance accreditation system has been designed to guarantee quality across the Alliance. An accredited Alliance member must meet high institutional and programmatic standards, as assessed by peer review.

Since the beginning of the current strategy term nine new Linking Organisations have gone through the ‘light’ accredition process to guide their admission to the Alliance.  In 2011, this included AIDS Consortium (South Africa), BONELA (Botswana) and SCDI (Viet Nam).  Seven Linking Organisations have gone through full accreditation, two of these in 2011: Kimirina (Ecuador), AMSED (Morocco), NELA (Nigeria), IDH (Bolivia), KANCO (Kenya), CHAA (Caribbean) and HASAB (Bangladesh).

By end of 2012, the total number of fully accredited Linking Organisations will be 24 (out of the 28 nominated in the first cycle – this will represent 85.7%) or 63% of the total number of Alliance Linking Organisations.

TARGET: 80% of accredited Alliance Linking Organisations have documented improvements and organisational changes as a response to identified gaps and weaknesses during the accreditation process.

Alliance Linking Organisations build their capacity as a result of going through the accreditation process. Case studies developed during 2011 show Linking Organisations have undergone structural changes or even deep transformations in areas such as:

  • Governance (four Linking Organisations);
  • Strategic planning (three Linking Organisations);
  • Financial management and onward granting procedures (six Linking Organisations);
  • Resource mobilisation approaches (three Linking Organisations);
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (four Linking Organisations);
  • Human resources, staff development and appraisals (five Linking Organisations), and;
    Security policies (two Linking Organisations).

“The accreditation process has been an excellent learning opportunity for us at SCDI. It helps us tremendously in improving our organisational competency. We have greatly benefited from its every step,” – Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, executive director of SCDI.

With another round of studies planned we expect to reach our target of 80% of accredited Linking Organisations with documented improvements during 2012.

TARGET: 20 Linking Organisations have documented examples of improvements in their programmes as a result of south-to-south learning and exchange.

The Theni District Positive Network meets to provide relaxation, comfort and support for people living with HIV, India © Gideon Mendel for the Alliance

The Alliance provides a number of opportunities for south-to-south learning. These include:

  • horizontal learning exchanges (see below)
  • regional blue sky weeks
  • an annual Linking Organisation directors’ meeting
  • thematic online communities of practice.

Organisational and programmatic changes as a result of the nine horizontal learning exchanges which took place in 2011 have been well documented. Outcomes included:

Alliance Myanmar has increased its focus on data quality since its exchange with Alliance India on monitoring and evaluation.

Following a visit to the Alliance partner organisation SIDC in Lebanon, the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has developed its organisational programmes with men who have sex with men. It has established two additional networks of men who have sex with men outside Kuala Lumpur, and submitted a successful application for a mobile voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) unit, drawing from Lebanon’s experience.

TARGET: Increase in the overall rating of the Alliance as a ‘learning organisation’ based on the eight dimensions of a learning NGO.

When surveyed in 2011, all Alliance Linking Organisations responding felt they had learnt from others in the Alliance. A final assessment in 2012 will measure the Alliance’s overall rating as a learning organisation.

In 2011, the Alliance became the first civil society organisation to publish its data using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard.  This aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.  Details of 38 projects that are funded through the Secretariat and implemented by Alliance Linking Organisations have been published on the IATI registry (

Read about both challenges and opportunities in delivering our strategy here.

Browse our case studies, stories, photos and video on the left hand side to see the work that contributed to Response 4 in 2011.

These ambitious targets are taken from our strategic framework HIV and Healthy Communities, and drive our performance for the period 2010-2012.  In addition, the Alliance has a related set of targets for our strategic donors.