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SABCOHA has developed a number of partnerships and works closely with a range of international donors. These include:
SABCOHA has received funding to the tune of $8,5-million in 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen SMME workplace HIV responses. The funding - $1,7-million a year for the next five years - will give a massive boost to SABCOHA's SMME-related programmes. The rollout of the CDC programme has required significant organisational focus but is proving to be a highly worthwhile experience. Click here to access the CDC home page.
SABCOHA is working with the GTZ to assist in the formation of the Pan African Business Coalitions on HIV/Aids. It will use the PABC as the conduit to provide technical assistance to developing countries. Click here to access the GTZ home page and click here for the GTZ project site.United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
SABCOHA could not run effectively without the generous seed funding received in 2003 from DFID, the UK government arm to fight poverty and promote development. Around half SABCOHAs costs are covered by DFID, with the rest paid for by membership fees. Beyond this however, SABCOHA enjoys a strong partnership with DFID in receiving their advice and guidance in developing the correct strategic response from business to HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Click here to access the DFID home page.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Funding from USAID, the US agency that gives assistance in poverty alleviation enabled SABCOHA to launch BizAIDS, a programme to help very small businesses protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. The initiative aims to save jobs and protect business owners, families and broader communities. USAID funding has also facilitated the employment of a SABCOHA project manager, which has enhanced internal capacity and led to several positive spin-offs for the organisation. Click here to access the USAID home page.
International Executive Services Corps (IESC)
The BizAIDS programme was launched in partnership with the IESC, a United States non-profit organisation that promotes wealth and stability through private enterprise development. The IESC formed a partnership with SABCOHA to support very small businesses in South Africa, after its experience in Zambia with small business impacted by HIV/AIDS there. BizAIDS consists of a series of workshops that help businesses cope with and plan ahead for the ravages of HIV/AIDS. Click here to access the IESC home page.
Global Business Coalition (GBC)
This Swedish-funded partnership serves as a pilot project for the supply chain model within the supply chain SMEs that serve established Swedish companies operating in Gauteng. Five Swedish pilot companies with well-functioning flagship HIV and AIDS workplace programmes have each identified five of their most valuable suppliers or customers to participate in the programme. Through this programme they can now share their own expertise and experience of HIV and AIDS workplace programmes to enhance the health and sustainability of their supply chain and to make a further contribution to fight the impact of the pandemic. Click here to access the SWHAP home page.
World Economic Forum (WEF)
SABCOHA has partnered with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) - formerly the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) - to conduct an HIV/AIDS capacity building programme to tackle falling productivity and rising costs resulting from absenteeism and deaths in the automotive and mining sectors. JICA is a policy-based financial institution responsible for conducting Japan's external economic policy and economic co-operation. It has adopted proactive measures against HIV/AIDS and has encouraged project-executing agencies to offer HIV prevention programmes aimed at its staff members, construction workers and local residents.