CONSULTATIONS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLATFORM OF ACTION ON HIV/AIDS IN THE
CONTEXT OF THE WORLD OF WORK IN AFRICADakar, Senegal 18-20 September 2000
The major objective of this technical consultation, held in Dakar (18-20 September
2000) was to develop a Framework for the implementation of the Platform of Action
on HIV/AIDS in the Context of the World of Work in Africa. The Platform of Action
was adopted by the Regional Tripartite Workshop on Strategies to Tackle the Social
and Labour Implications of HIV/AIDS (Windhoek, 11-13 October 1999), endorsed by
the Ninth African Regional Meeting (Abidjan, 6-9 December 1999), and adopted by
the Governing Body (Geneva, March 2000).
workplan of the technical consultation was to:
Discuss the implications of HIV/AIDS in the world of work,
- Discuss the findings
of the joint programming exercises and the way forward,
- Propose methodologies
for capacity building in the African Region in order to mainstream HIV/AIDS in
all ILO activities,
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of various actors
within the ILO (Headquarters, Regional office, areas offices, multidisciplinary
advisory teams, etc.),
- Identify ways and means of strengthening collaboration
and co-operation with the tripartite partners and other organisations to fight
HIV/Aids in the context of the world of Work in Africa, and
- Review the draft
Framework prepared by the consultant.
main outcome of this exercise was a revised Framework for the implementation of
the Platform of Action. This Framework (see attached draft) would be submitted
to the Africa Regional Directors during their annual meeting (25-29 September
II Participants to the
was organised under the auspices of the ILO Regional Office for Africa in close
collaboration with the Social Protection Sector. The participants included most
HIV/AIDS focal points in Area Offices and MDTs, selected MDT specialists and AO
programme officers, from the field and specialists from headquarters. Representatives
of UNAIDS, UNDP, the World Bank and consultants were also invited as resource
persons. The tripartite partners from Senegal also presented their experience.
The list of participants is attached as Appendix 1.
Activities of the Technical Consultations
The chief guest
at the official opening ceremony was Honourable Yéro Deh, the Minister
for Civil Service, Labour and Employment of Republic of Senegal. In addition,
Mr Assane Diop, ILO Executive Director of the Social Protection Sector, represented
the ILO Director General. The Regional Office was represented by Mr Papa Kane
and the ILO/EMAS Office Dakar by Mr Michel Garzuel, Deputy Director.
Garzuel, the acting Director of the Dakar EMAS Area Office, welcomed the participants.
In his welcoming remarks, Mr Garzuel mentioned that the Regional Office requested
assistance from ILO/EMAS to organise and host the event. He further stated that
the contribution of the ILO in the fight against the scourge of AIDS should reflect
the specificity of the Organisation concerning the world of work. However, owing
to the seriousness of the problem requires a multi-sectoral strategy to stop its
spread, in partnership with all actors.
Kane, representating of the acting Director of the Regional Office for Africa,
underlined the determination of the ILO to participate in the fight against the
pandemic in a coherent and co-ordinated manner. In this view, this technical consultation
was organised at the regional level to allow the ILO to draft relevant programmes
addressing HIV/AIDS in the context of the world of work in Africa.
Assane Diop, Executive Director of the ILO, emphasised the importance of ILO's
intervention as enshrined in its mandate in the world of work, as the HIV/AIDS
pandemic has a negative impact on economic growth and social progress. The intervention
of the ILO has to focus on the following five areas: (i) the promotion of basic
rights and principles at work for people living with HIV/AIDS, (ii) the fight
against the adverse effects on population incomes and the productivity of enterprises
(iii) establishing appropriate social protection measures, (iv) the mobilisation
of social partners, and (v) gender.
chief guest, Mr. Yéro Deh, Minister for Civil Service, Labour and Employment
of Senegal, reiterated the importance of the ILO's commitment vis-à-vis
its African constituents in order to build a social dike to ward off the spread
of the HIV/AIDS, knowing how tragic the human, economic and financial consequences
are. Major HIV/AIDS related problems arise in the work environments no specific
legislation, no social protection, discrimination, and exacerbation of child labour.
HIV/AIDS in the work of work must be stopped through an increased commitment of
governments, preventive measures for workers and advocacy with employers, as well
as mobilisation of all segments of the international community. In addition to
these national initiatives, the strong mobility of population calls for complementary
and co-ordinated interventions in common geographical and socio-cultural spaces.
was recognized that the major prime mover of the need for an African response
to the problem of HIV/AIDS in the world of work was the late Bamba Ndiaye (Chief
of the Regional Programming Unit).
The Plenary Presentations
The HIV/AIDS Situation in Africa
Dr Mamadou Lamine Sakho, UNAIDS, described in detail the status
of the AIDS pandemic in Africa and in the world and showed the seriousness of
the situation in Sub-Saharan Africa compared with the rest of the world. For illustration
purposes, at the end of 1999 34.3 million adults and children living with AIDS
throughout the world. Out of these, 24.5 millions were living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is estimated that 15,000 new infections were recorded daily. Ten years ago,
AIDS was considered as a serious health crisis. It has, however, become a developmental
(b) The Experience
Mr I. Seck (PNLS, National Committee
Against AIDS) presented the experience of Senegal which managed to maintain a
prevalence rate of about 1.8%. AIDS is regarded as a health priority and the elements
which contributed to such a low level of prevalence are multifarious:
early response to the HIV epidemics,
commitment of religious
leaders and medical experts,
commitment of the educational sector,
and multidisciplinary approach
targeted interventions, etc.
The Experience of the Labour Ministry of Senegal
experience presented by Mr C. Faye is based on one year July 99 July 2000.
The results are the following: 71 staff trained, condoms distributed, 500 IEC
teaching aids distributed, advocacy with heads of enterprises, big social gatherings
in enterprises, awareness raising and organising workshops.
limitations are that only major enterprises have been reached (no SMEs/SMIs and
the informal sector) and there is no co-ordination between the actions of the
Ministry and those of other stakeholders.
The Experience and Opinion of the Employers of Senegal
to Mr P. N. Fall (CNP), the action of employers is to be fitted within the global
framework of the fight against AIDS. The strategy was envisaged since the 1993
workshop and is based on active partnership and relay staff.
case management using a prevention and maintenance approach for a good productivity
is seen as an investment. The Hygiene and Safety Committee (CHS) is used as an
operational tool within this framework. Senegal has a labour force of 4 million
workers, of which 95% are in the informal sector. A committee on AIDS and Enterprise
has been established in conjunction with the National Committee Against AIDS.
The main programme being implemented by ten or so major enterprises include:
IEC: data collection and peer listening
STI-HIV/AIDS case management (investment)
Protection of workers rights and freedoms: workers are relays; no mandatory screening
when hired, only optional; no discrimination vis-à-vis workers.
The Experience and Opinion of the Workers of Senegal
quite a long time AIDS has been regarded as a medical disease Mr M. D. Seck said,
and this resulted in amplifying the pandemic throughout the world. The national
confederation of workers in Senegal is pleased about the organisation of this
timely meeting which tallies with a genuine need of workers. In Senegal the National
Institute for Workers' Education and Training could be used efficiently for the
fight against AIDS to the benefit of workers.
The Ugandan Experience
According to Dr
Onyango, Uganda's experience is only a half success. AIDS was first diagnosed
in 1982, and by 1983 17 other cases were diagnosed. As early as 1986 Uganda vigorously
reacted with a strong political commitment, with the establishment of a committee
within the Ministry of Health. Knowing that the fight against AIDS could not be
left to the Government alone, a co-ordination committee of 12 ministries was established
A national response
in a systemic approach with major interventions: this is one of the reasons for
the relative success of Uganda in the fight against AIDS. Nonetheless, there is
no specific programme regarding the work place.
HIV/AIDS and Development in Africa: The UNDP Regional Programme
V. Khanye, UNDP, stated that children are severely hit by the pandemic, with 90%
of infected children being in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of it.
He discussed the two levels of mechanisms applied to remedy the situation:
increasing the number of working hours
Secondary mechanism, note at this level,
the high cost of labour,
the orphans who are tomorrow's workers.
also presented case studies undertaken in South Africa, Zambia and Kenya.
International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa (IPAA)
The past two decades have made it possible to identify the best practices
for a more appropriate global action. A presentation was made by Dr Sakho on the
IAPA on international partnership launched in 1998 by UNAIDS. This partnership
is defined as a "coalition of stakeholders who have decided to work together
within a framework of actions based on a shared vision, common principles, goals
and objectives, as well as a series of key stages and moments".
framework of co-operation signed in June 2000 between the ILO and the UNAIDS was
cited as an example of a formal partnership arrangement.
The World Bank HIV/AIDS Programme
Bank runs two programmes: one country-oriented and the other staff-oriented.
Discussions of The Plenary Presentations
was agreed that the ILO's comparative advantage derives from the tripartite structure
of the Organisation. In addition, the ILO has a mandate imparted to it by the
1995 Copenhagen World Summit. The ILO is active in the world of work through its
relationship with governments and the social partners. It is the world of work
that has well-set mechanisms to reach the main partners, for example through the
well-practiced Hygiene and Safety Committees. Furthermore, the enterprise level
has best-practice examples that could be disseminated.
The media should be
used for the dissemination of best practices and experiences to be encouraged.
A question was asked on whether Senegal has experienced any difficulties when
implementing the programmes. Would it not be necessary to review the legislation,
Is poverty a limiting factor for an HIV/AIDS-infected person?
Owing to the lack of means, it is possible that an infected poor person is more
vulnerable than a rich person. The family circle or the poverty environment predispose
individuals to a more risky behaviour.
The stand taken by the constituency
in the fight against AIDS deserves full attention because of the cost in terms
of social security. The role the States play in social protection would need to
be revamped, if only they were relieved of their debt burden as a trade-off to
fight against AIDS.
The lack of quantifiable performance indicators is one
of the main criticisms levelled at the UNAIDS. The organised work environment
should include this concern.
It was also agreed that like the World Bank, the
ILO has to develop a two-pronged strategy, both internal and external, in its
fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the world of work.
Finally, it was agreed
that we should take full advantage of the light shed by the presentations and
discussions to work out a programme that can be helpful to ILO constituents in
Africa in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The actions to be proposed in terms of action
programme should originate from at the region.
Towards the Implementation Framework of the Platform of Action
The Fourth plenary session provided the necessary
background information for articulating the framework for the implementation of
the adopted Platform of Action (POA) on HIV/AIDS. Mr. A. Musindo in his presentation
on the "Update on the Implementation of the Platform" made reference
to the Joint Exploratory Meeting with the UNDP Regional Project on HIV/AIDS and
Development for Africa held in Harare, May 1999, as an important foundation for
subsequent ILO activities in the region.
As a result of the identified gaps
in knowledge on HIV/AIDS in the world of work, during that meeting, the Turin
Centre and the Regional Office in September 1999 organised a workshop in Pretoria
for officials from Turin, Headquarters and field offices in Africa. One of the
key recommendations of that meeting was the need to formulate a rapid response
mechanism to mitigate the effects of the crisis in the African region.
an immediate follow-up to this intervention, an African Regional Tripartite workshop
on Strategies to Tackle Social and Labour implications of HIV/AIDS was held in
Windhoek in October 1999, where the Platform on HIV/AIDS was developed. The goals
of the POA included the application of the "Social Vaccine" for prevention
and protection, with an attendant call upon African Governments to declare HIV/AIDS
a national disaster requiring urgent attention. It was also agreed during that
workshop that the subsequent meeting on HIV/AIDS in the region should focus on
developing key activities that would help achieve the objectives articulated in
the POA. Hence, the need for this technical consultation on HIV/AIDS to map out
the strategic framework for the implementation of the POA that had been adopted
by African leaders during the Ninth Regional Meeting held in Abidjan in December
Since the adoption of the POA in December 1999, the Organisation of African
Trade Union Unity (OATUU) organised a workshop on Trade Union action against HIV/AIDS
in Africa in July 2000. The ICFTU-AFRO Pan African Conference meeting to discuss
the problem of HIV/AIDS and the world of work has been scheduled for September
2000 in Gaborone and the ILO Regional Office and ACTE/EMP, in collaboration with
UNAIDS have arranged a sub-regional meeting with the Employers' representatives
on HIV/AIDS in November 2000.
Recent Steps Undertaken by the ILO
Alli presented two papers indicating the recent activities towards operationalising
the Plat-form of Action (POA): the concept paper focussing on "Identifying
and Promoting the ILO's Special Niche and Comparative advantages in the fight
against HIV/AIDS" and an updated table on the "Operationalisation of
the Resolution on HIV/AIDS."
concept paper provided an overview of the ILO's comparative advantages in addressing
HIV/AIDS in the world of work. These included its unique tripartite structure;
easy access to the world of work; research and information dissemination capacities;
multi-disciplinary field network; extensive capacity on workers' education; occupational
safety and health experiences; articulation, promotion and protection of workers'
rights; long standing success in developing labour standards (and other soft instruments)
and supervising the implementation of the standards as well as and its sectoral
The group was informed that a Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the
World of Work had been established at the ILO Headquarters, with Mr. F. Lisk as
the Programme Director. A draft Programme of Action to operationalize the Resolution
had also been developed on HIV/AIDS. The key activities envisaged under this Programme
Research with a focus on
the preparation of an annotated bibliography on HIV/AIDS; in-depth analysis of
"successful" national programmes in Thailand, Senegal and Uganda; developing
statistical survey programmes which give accurate information on the impact of
HIV/AIDS in the world of work and studies on appropriate interventions to respond
to the special needs of women workers, migrant workers and working children;
Development and Advocacy to promote the use of a Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS
at the workplace, assistance to member states to develop relevant legislations
and policies as well as training and information dissemination to the relevant
segments of the legal community;
Training and tools
encompassing curricular and resource material development for the training of
representatives of ILO social partners and other stakeholders as well as the integration
of HIV/AIDS in relevant training programmes conducted by the ILO and its Turin
The information, including collection, management and dissemination;
cooperation, including the revision of the TC strategy on HIV/AIDS as well as
the development and the implementation of a comprehensive resource mobilization
Capacity of the ILO to respond to the pandemic
in a coordinated, integrated and efficient manner would be enhanced through the
development of appropriate structures, programmes and training;
related activities including the Memorandum of Agreement signed with UNAIDS, the
development of joint ILO/UNAIDS programmes and of networking arrangements with
new partners at all levels.
on modifications to the Concept Paper included the following:
ILO Gender mainstreaming strategy should be included as a special niche of the
ILO which should be so reflected in the document, ILO
Convention 156 should be included in the list of the important instruments under
the legislative framework as stated on paragraph 8, page 6 of the document. This
is due to the rather heavy burden as care takers that is placed on the family
members of persons living with AIDS, and
first part of the document should focus on the challenges faced by ILO constituents
in tackling the problems of HIV/AIDS in the world of the work and, thereafter,
proceed to the ILO comparative advantages in addressing the issues.
made on the Programme of Action to Operationalize the Resolution were as follows:
ILO needed to develop the capacity for a rapid response to the needs of constituents
due to the nature of the pandemic;
need for an extensive and inclusive database of all relevant legislations on HIV/AIDS,
which would require collaboration with WHO, UNAIDS and other institutions and
-The Programme of
Action should acknowledge and follow-up on previous relevant ILO initiatives.
In relation to this, it was also considered important for the programme to regularly
collect and disseminate information on field level activities undertaken on HIV/AIDS
and the world of work based on the examples of lessons learned from Zambia and
Concerning resource availability,
participants were informed that the UNDP Regional Project on HIV/AIDS and Development
for Africa had made resources for 6 work months available to the ILO for follow-up
activities to the Harare meeting. The Turin Centre also indicated that there were
windows of opportunity available for funding HIV/AIDS training, and would therefore
welcome proposals from the Region.
an introduction to the draft Framework for the Implementation of the Regional
HIV/AIDS Platform of Action, an insight into the objectives and the process of
developing the document was provided. Thereafter, the consultant, Prof. D. Munodawafa
presented the key components of the Framework. The document explored the ILO mandate
within the context of its four strategic objectives and provided qualitative and
quantitative information on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the world of work, with
particular attention to its impact on the social partners, the informal sector,
gender and child labour.
The ILO response
was encapsulated in the concept of a "social vaccine," hinged on prevention,
protection and programme of assistance which parallels the ILO means of action
namely, knowledge, advocacy and service. He also emphasised that the ILO implementation
Framework was anchored on those principles articulated by the constituents during
the Windhoek meeting.
The guiding principles
for the implementation Framework included:
Extended "tripartism" to involve alliances with the civil society, NGOs
and other new partners;
Social justice and compassion for people living with
Partnerships among international and national agencies for complementarity,
based on ILO's comparative advantages.
programme activities would address the culture of denial (i.e. help to break the
silence); strengthen the capacity of ILO's social partners; promote social dialogue;
develop and promote the implementation of a Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS in the
workplace; empower women economically, socially and politically; address orphan
and child labour issues and promote partnerships with NGOs, other government departments,
multi-lateral and bilateral donors to better utilize resources.
programme activities would be implemented at four levels, namely: enterprise (including
the informal sector), national, sub-regional and regional. The development and
utilization of the "social vaccine" was construed as the goal, with
an emphasis on social inclusion, income sustainability/enhancement, job security,
social security, solidarity and an optimal use of treatment. The expected outcomes
at the four levels were reflected within the short, intermediate and long term.
conceptual model for the implementation of the Platform of Action was based on
the phased approach to intervention with significant emphasis on programme sustainability.
This translated into prevention, protection and programme of assistance activities
among ILO partners across the four ILO strategic objectives.
arrangements included the establishment of National Taskforces on HIV/AIDS, with
a focus on the world of work; appointing focal points in each ILO Office with
clearly defined terms of reference; establishing HIV/AIDS technical resource groups
(TRG) at the national and regional levels, forming partnerships with groups and
institutions with various interests in the world of work at all levels. The need
for ILO representation in national UN Thematic Groups on HIV/AIDS was reiterated.
Monitoring and Evaluation was highlighted as a key component of the management
of the entire programme.
commended the consultant for the technical quality of the document and suggested
-The Framework, after internal
modification for specificity, should lead to the development of a comprehensive
work plan. Thereafter, a regional resource mobilization programme could be launched
in collaboration with the Global programme, other partners and the Turin Centre;
programme of activities should be further defined at the country level;
the expected outcomes, there was a need to address this not only at the individual
level, but also at the institutional level of government and private sector institutions.
roles of the partners needed to be further revisited to enhance coherence e.g.
the role of the government in developing adequate social security systems;
interventions should be integrated into the programme of activities at all levels
-Further coherence could be ensured in the document by making
clear linkages between the guiding principles, broad activities and specific programme
-Since the region will operate within the ambit of the global programme,
reference should be made to the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world
-Short and intermediate outcome indicators needed to be further redefined
as they appeared or had been presented more like activities and outputs;
institutional framework of social dialogue needed to be more clearly utilized
to foster the collaboration of the social partners in the endeavour to mitigate
the impact of HIV/AIDS in the world of work and this should be duly reflected
at all levels of implementation.
-A mechanism for facilitating dialogue with
the pharmaceutical companies with a view to reducing the cost of drugs for persons
living with the HIV/AIDS needed further elaboration in the Programme of Action.
Group Work Conclusions and Suggested Follow-up
"Action against HIV/AIDS is primarily a national responsibility"
ILO Platform of Action on HIV/AIDS
IV.1 The Entry Point
entry point for ILO's intervention is at the country level. This is based on the
guiding principle as stated in the concluding remarks of the Platform of Action
The areas of focus
for the country level which require immediate attention should be as follows:
Development of partnerships, synergies and strategic alliances with the social
partners, development partners, CBOs, NGOs, and civil society organizations,
Establishment and/or participation in national task forces on HIV/AIDS in the
world of work,
Mobilization of internal resources to facilitate the role of
the ILO in the task force,
Dissemination of information on national best practices,
Facilitation of social dialogue, and
Knowledge management (institutional
memory and information technology)
the above actions should lead to medium and long-term interventions at sub-regional
and regional levels.
The area of focus
for the sub-regional level could be:
Knowledge management (Information Memory
and Information technology) ices
Facilitation of social dialogue
of employers, workers and governments
Dissemination of information of national
The area of focus for regional level could be:
management (institutional memory and information technology)
of social dialogue
Networking of employers, workers and governments
with regional organizations
Dissemination of information of national best
IV.2: The Activities:
ILO's Comparative Advantage
ILO's niche in the area of combating HIV/AIDS is derived from the current organizational
dispensation as spelt out in Decent Work. In order to provide a
visible response to our Constituents and to create access to the required financial
resources, more emphasis should be given to HIV/AIDS in the ILO Programme and
Budget. This could be achieved by:
HIV/AIDS should be identified as a separate
operational objective in P&B under Strategic Objective 3, and
should be mainstreamed in all ILO programmes
types of activities that can be implemented in the context of HIV/AIDS and the
world of work have been grouped under the four ILO strategic objectives
Sector 1 Standards and Declaration
High level sensitisation of constituents
on the need to develop codes of conduct based on ILO Conventions, taking into
account Gender specificity in their implementation;
Help Member States to
develop a code of conduct based on ILO Conventions
Develop national policies
on the basis of the codes above mentioned
Develop enterprise policies on
the basis of the codes above mentioned
Develop informal sector policies on
the basis of the codes above mentioned
Create or strengthen enforcement structures
in the Members States
(b) Sector 2 -
Assist Members States in formulating Human Resource Development
policies taking HIV/AIDS issues into account,
Encourage business coalitions
between large companies ad small enterprises and informal sectors for the purposes
of a more effective implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies,
association building in the small-scale enterprises and informal sector in order
to design and implement common schemes in HIV/AIDS prevention, protection, and
programme of assistance,
Integrate HIV/AIDS into entrepreneurship/workers
Support to development of training packages addressed to
person living with HIV/AIDS
Introduce community-based HIV/AIDS initiative
with specific emphasis on female headed households and the high incidence of poverty
and its correlation to HIV/AIDS
Strengthen the capacity of Members States
to design new vocational training curricula in order to develop multi-skilled
Assist the national structure in charge of statistics to integrate
labour market data on HIV/AIDS
(c) Sector 3 Social Protection
The activities of this sector have been put under two sub-headings:
Focus Programme on Safework
Utilisation of African national experiences already
Support to Member States to develop sensitisation campaigns, taking
into account the cultural specificity and Gender
Strengthen the capacity
of member-states to inform, education and communicate (IEC)
enterprises' and social partners' IEC capacity, through Hygiene and Safety Committees
and Occupational Health Services
Support the development of prevention programmes
targeting specific risk groups (health workers, transport, etc..)
curricula and teaching aids for training:
Strengthen the capacity of Member
States to organise occupational hygiene and safety-training sessions including
VIH/SIDA related elements on a regular basis.
InFocus Programme on Social and Economic Security
Studying the HIV/AIDS financial
impact on the equilibrium of social security policies
Studying the costs that
might be incurred by present projections on the evolution the HIV/AIDS for a decent
Integrate the results of these studies in sensitisation and
Assist Member States to work out social security policies
in the light of these studies
Studying and designing new social insurance
devices to attract the resources required (micro assurances, STEP)
mechanisms to enhance service to social partners.
4: Social Dialogue
This is a cross-cutting sector such that all measures taken
in other sectors go through social dialogue. The activities include:
Support to implement actions facilitating social dialogue
integration of actions
to fight against the culture of silence in social dialogue
Assistance in setting
up partnerships (systematic establishment occupational hygiene and safety committees,
Assistance in collective negotiations to take on board non-discriminatory
arrangements when hiring labour, when staff is affected, when retrenching, etc.
Systematic integration of women's representation
Actions facilitating social
dialogue through training workshops where social partners are invited, with a
special emphasis on women's participation.
The technical consultations referred
to the orientations contained in the Platform, the Resolution adopted by the ILO
Conference, as well as the proposals of the Framework for the Implementation the
Platform of Action with respect to partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The question is indeed to recognise the "enormous potential of employers
and workers organisations, in partnership with Governments, to participate in
the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS (prevention) and to meet the needs of
workers living with AIDS (protection)." As a result a "bottom-up"
approach was recommended, going from the enterprise and at the world of work at
the national level, to partnerships at the sub-regional, regional and international
The partnership with
international development institutions, particularly with sister UN agencies,
was viewed as a means for the ILO to better participate in co-ordinating the efforts
under way in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The ILO contribution will be "value-adding"
based as it is on its comparative specific advantages and competencies in the
world of work.
The technical consultations
identified existing and potential partners to include the following:
1. The UN family
Members of the Thematic Group on HIV/AIDS:
Technical task force, sub-committees on HIV/AIDS and the world of work
staff for HIV/AIDS in the work place, prevention and health care programmes;
Bilateral and international technical co-operation projects/programmes
Governments (central, regional and local)
3. Workers organisations
5. National tripartite dialogue frameworks
Public and private enterprises, especially through Hygiene and Safety Committees
7. The urban and rural informal sector, CBOs (ex. Artisans, taxi drivers, independent
workers, farmers, etc..)
8. Associations of people living with AIDS
Civil society organisations
10. Professional associations
11. The media
Employers organisations, Workers organisations, WAEMU,
ECOWAS, SADEC, COMESA, UMA, EC, BDEAC, BOADWADB, CRADAT, ARLAC, CEMAC, CEAC, CGPL,
EAC, BADEA, OAT, etc.
C. Regional Level
OAU, ECA, AfDB, OATUU, ICFTU-AFRO, PEC, ODSTA/WCL, etc.
International and Inter-Regional Levels
International Employers Organisations,
IEO, International Workers Organisations, ICFTU, WCL, UN Agencies: UNAIDS, UNDP,
UNESCO, UNFPA, UNIFEM, HCR, WHO, IOM, World Bank, European Union (EDF) Bi-Multilateral
Cooperation, Inter-Regional Organisation Of Portuguese Speaking Countries, Francophony,
the Commonwealth, Foundations, etc.
IV.4: Institutional Capacities
to Implement Platform of Action on HIV/AIDS in Africa
Global strategy for ILO intervention with regard to HIV/AIDS in the world of work
has already been established at Headquarters. The next step will be to clearly
identify areas of responsibility and creation of linkages between Headquarters
and field offices. In addition, it is essential to devise tools to mainstream
HIV/AIDS in all ILO Programmes, with attention given to the mainstreaming of Gender
in all HIV/AIDS Programmes.
Responsibility: Managing the ILO Global
Programme on HIV/AIDS at the World of Work, coordination at the global level including
linkages with field offices, HIV/AIDS policy formulation, research and advocacy
programmes, technical cooperation and advice, programme support.
- Functional links with field focal points
Regional Office for Africa:
Responsibility: Coordinate the implementation
of the Platform including planning, monitoring, evaluation and resource mobilization,
mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in all Africa regional programmes (JFA, ASIST, SIYB, etc.)
Mechanism needed: Focal point,
one full time ILO Programme Officer, seconded UNAIDS staff, Associate Experts,
Regional Task Force (Focal points, ROAF Unit), A tripartite Advisory Committee.
Role of Area Offices:
Responsibility: liaise with ILO constituents,
resource mobilization, planning and programming. Mechanisms needed: focal points.
Role of MDTs
design and develop projects, mainstream HIV/AIDS in all activities, technical
backstopping. Mechanism needed: Strengthened focal point (identification of focal
points' profile, ensuring strong management support and sufficient time allocation,
capacity building programmes for ILO Directors, Specialists and Focal points.
Role of the ILO Training Centre
Mechanisms needed: Training
materials, development of manuals and publications, identification of new and
more effective methodological approaches to information dissemination, project
planning and development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Immediate Follow-up Arrangements
September 2000: Launch of the Implementation Framework by High-Level Sensitisation
Forum during the ILO Directors meeting in Dakar
2000: Establishment of a Regional Task Force, through electronic conferencing
October 2000: ILO Focal Points Meeting on ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS in
the World of Work, Geneva.
End of October
2000: Final draft of the Framework towards the implementation of the Platform
of Action, including a detailed action plan.
November 2000: Regional Training Programme on Project Planning and Development
on HIV/AIDS in the Context of World of Work in collaboration with ILO Training
Centre in Turin.