Amicaall hosts founder members

Background

AMICAALL is a network of local authorities, mayors and municipal leaders committed to supporting sustainable solutions to the HIV and AIDS epidemic at the local level. Launched way back in 1998 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the Alliance was founded in response to the need to address high HIV prevalence in urban areas in Africa and the need to build capacity and partnerships of Local Governments and to coordinate HIV and AIDS responses at the local level. The Alliance is coordinated by the Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia and is currently operating in 13 countries; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa.

AMICAALL Uganda Chapter
AMICAALL Uganda Chapter was launched in November 2000 with support from UNAIDS, UNDP country office and Uganda AIDS Commission and in collaboration with the UN AMICAALL partnership programme in Geneva. AMICAALL Uganda Chapter is a registered National NGO whose membership comprises of more than 140 designated urban local governments (city, municipalities and town councils). It is governed by the Constitution and coordinated through the National Secretariat that provides technical support, management and overall coordination of AMICAALL activities in the country.

The organization has experienced tremendous growth over the last 13 years and has increased its membership from less than 15 members in November 2000 when it was launched to over 200 urban authorities. Furthermore, partnerships have expanded with AMICAALL currently working with most of the national NGOs, private sector, line ministries, development partners as well as other bilateral agencies. AMICAALL represents urban local governments on the national structures and actively contributes to national HIV and AIDS policy and planning processes.

2.0 Mandate, Vision, Mission and Goal

In its current strategic plan (2012/13 – 2016/17), AMICAALL Uganda envisions “Urban communities free from HIV and AIDS and its effects” while the mission is “to effectively contribute towards the reduction of HIV incidences and mitigate its impact in urban communities”. The goal of the Plan is “to strengthen the institutional capacity of urban authorities for effective and sustainable HIV and AIDS response at the local level”. The Mandate of AMICAALL Uganda therefore is to bring together and support urban Local Government Leaders to take lead, coordinate and monitor an effective response to HIV/AIDS and other related health challenges in urban areas across the country.

2.1 AMICAALL Programme Objectives

AMICAALL Programme activities are guided by its strategic objectives namely;

To strengthen coordination structures, partnerships and networking mechanisms for effective HIV/AIDS in urban areas;
To improve access to and utilization of HIV prevention services for key population groups and vulnerable populations in urban communities;
To enhance advocacy, communication and social mobilization for Accountability and improved delivery of HIV prevention services within urban areas;
To strengthen institutional capacity of AMICAALL and its members for improved planning, programme management and sustainability.
3.0 The Problem Statement

Despite the progress made by AMICAALL over the past years, the organization is currently experiencing numerous institutional challenges that threaten its sustainability. The main challenges relate to the lack of a permanent home, among others are the following;

the organization is still largely dependent on unstable and unpredictable donor funding
Increasing administrative costs/rent as the organization expands
Due to constant increase in the rent, AMICAALL has been periodically shifting its offices from one premise to another
Loss of property associated with frequent shifting
Project Purpose
The pioneer’s meeting is intended to kick start the fundraising campaign aimed at resource mobilization for;

Acquisition of land in Kampala
Construction of an AMICAALL secretariat permanent home
Justification Of The Project
This fundraising campaign is aimed at addressing AMICAALL’s current needs of a permanent home to avoid current rental costs and ensure sustainability. AMICAALL is currently spending UGX 48 million per annum in rental charges. The financial burden notwithstanding, there is also the added disadvantage of time lost while relocating operations to new premises, loss or damage to AMICAALL property as a result of frequent shifting as well as uncertainty due to frequent, (mostly unscheduled) increases in rent.