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Civil-Military Alliance Newsletter. 1997 Oct; 3(4):3-4.The Alliance held its first Regional Seminar in Central America July 2-5,1997, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This was the first meeting held within the framework of the two- year Alliance program in Latin America supported by the Commission of the European Union. The theme was "Civil- Military Intervention Strategies for the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean." (excerpt)
Inter-Agency Working Group on Participation meetings hosted by UNDP, September 17-18, 1996, New York City, NY.
Arlington, Virginia, Partnership for Child Health Care, Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival [BASICS], 1996.  p. (Report; USAID Contract No. HRN-00-93-00031-00)This report pertains to BASICS participation at a meeting of the Interagency Learning Group on Participation (IGP) hosted by the UN Development Program in New York City, on September 17-18, 1996. Participants included UNICEF, the World Bank, Overseas Development Assistance, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and other international organizations. This was the first time that BASICS was included in the meetings to share their community participatory experiences and to explore opportunities for collaboration. The meeting was the third of its kind. IGP is a voluntary group without a budget who represent multilateral, bilateral, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The IGP is concerned with institutional change and creating awareness of the value of participatory approaches; training and country-level capacity building; information and dissemination; and monitoring and evaluation. The UNDP administrator emphasized the need to focus on more information disclosure for donors and NGOs, the context of increasing decentralization, legal frameworks for the empowerment of women, and the importance of democratization. Most of the presentations focused on the internal institutional constraints to promoting and implementing participation in the field. The logical framework approach does not lend itself to participatory development. UNICEF ran workshops in 3 countries on how to use a more participatory manner in country programs, but after 6 months trainees still had difficulty with applications. Internal policies and procedures, lack of tools for monitoring, a need to change staff attitudes, specific country context, and institutional capacity to identify and work with the right partners were all problems. An NGO in India, cautioned against too much participation. Smaller plenary discussions focused on dealing with conflict, outcomes, redistribution of power, the public good, and village logbooks.
AIDS ANALYSIS ASIA. 1995 Jul-Aug; 1(4):1.Lawyers, physicians, UN, and government officials from Asia and the Pacific met at the third and final workshop on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) law, ethics, and human rights, which was held in Fiji in May. It was agreed that legal reform in many countries was urgent, if persons with HIV or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were to be adequately protected. Public health laws and health and social welfare laws needed to be examined; some, like the Contagious Diseases Ordinance and the Prevention of Disease Ordinance of Sri Lanka, are 19th century enactments. A study of local education and information laws, and the extent to which they permit or censor HIV prevention education is proposed. 120 participants from 36 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) attended the three sessions, which were sponsored by the UNDP Regional Project on HIV and Development. The first workshop, which was held in Sri Lanka, prompted a local participant to set up the "Lankan Focal Point for HIV Law, Ethics, and Human Rights," a center for government and private lawyers, doctors, and AIDS program managers. During the second workshop, the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a co-sponsor, agreed to serve as the focal point for a similar network on Chinese law. Many other countries are considering establishing legal networks, as well as free legal aid programs. The legislative needs of AIDS program managers were also discussed. Each of the 4-day workshops included a moot trial and participatory sessions on hypothetical legislative proposals. The UNDP Regional Project on HIV and Development will publish a report on the workshops and a sourcebook on HIV law, ethics, and human rights. The UNDP is co-sponsoring the International AIDS Law Congress, which will be held in New Delhi in December 1995 under the aegis of the Indian Law Institute.