SABCOHA has developed a number of partnerships and works closely with a range of international donors. These include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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.
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
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.
With over 200 members around the world, the Global Business Coalition is a force to be reckoned with. A United Nations initiative that originated in the United States, the GBCs stated mission is to harness the power of the global business community to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The GBC aims to: expand the number and diversity of companies involved in fighting the pandemic; facilitate the use of their core competencies and products to this end; help companies to devise strategies to tackle HIV/AIDS in their workplaces and communities; and use the powerful business lobby to influence public policy on HIV/AIDS. While SABCOHAs focus lies within South Africa, the GBCs lies within the Southern African region as a whole. Although SABCOHA oversees SMMEs in the country, it also looks to the GBC for technical support and guidance on international best practice, however. Click here to access the GBC home page.
Swedish Workplace HIV & AIDS Programme (SWHAP)
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)
The World Economic Forum, whose motto is entrepreneurship in the global interest, is an independent international organisation based in Geneva with 1 000 leading companies among its members. The WEF facilitates partnerships with the aim of achieving economic growth with social development. Its Global Health Initiative encourages greater private sector responses to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The GHI, assisted by SABCOHA, has helped enable large South African companies, namely Accenture, Volkswagen SA, Unilever and Eskom, to extend their HIV/AIDS workplace programmes into the smaller business environments along their supply chains. The initiative, launched in October 2005, is a critical step in the battle to get smaller companies, which are hampered by resource shortages, to respond to the AIDS crisis. Click here to access the WEF home page.
In February 2005 the World Bank and SABCOHA launched its Guidelines for Building Better Coalitions Against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. As the World Banks Elizabeth Ashbourne commented: Coalitions assist companies by facilitating information sharing; permitting economies of scale in the development of workplace HIV/AIDS products and services; and create a strong and unified front for public policy debate and advocacy. This unity is ever more crucial on a continent where 41 percent of companies are experiencing serious impacts as a result of HIV/AIDS, according to a survey cited by the World Bank. Click here to access the World Bank home page..
InWEnt (Capacity Building International Germany)
SABCOHA is a partner in a groundbreaking initiative in the Eastern Cape, led by InWEnt (Capacity Building International Germany) and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), to train SMMEs in HIV/AIDS mitigation in the workplace. The Eastern Cape AIDS Council is another partner in the project, which began in mid-2005 with the initial training of 12 service providers, followed by the training of the SMMEs themselves. So far, 30 SMMEs, ranging in size from 10 to 120 employees, have been trained and have started workplace-based interventions. SMMEs in the construction and agricultural sectors, which are unable to finance HIV interventions themselves, have so far been targeted. The project aims to train a total of 200 small businesses altogether, and the next 80 SMMEs have already been earmarked. SABCOHA is expected to bring human resources to the project by opening a regional office in Port Elizabeth shortly. Click here to access the InWEnt home page.
Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)
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.