The Pan African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (PABC)

pabc-logo-smallThe Pan African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (PABC) was launched in December 2005 to mobilise African business in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The formation of the PABC is part of a worldwide trend towards greater involvement of the private sector – through business coalitions – in fighting the pandemic. The PABC was endorsed by the francophone coalitions at the Bamako Conference in December 2007 and was subsequently re-endorsed by the current members of the PABC.

On 22 May 2008 the registration of the PABC was formally approved at a conference held in Kyalami, Johannesburg and an interim board of directors was appointed. The interim directors are:

  • CECI, Ivory Coast, Paul Agenor Koffi
  • CIELS, Democratic Republic of Congo, Marc Atibu Saleh Mwekee
  • ECoSIDA, Mozambique, Cornelio Balane
  • KHBC, Kenya, Hellen Magutu
  • NABCOA, Namibia, Peter van Wyk
  • NIBUCAA, Nigeria, Olusina Falana
  • SABCOHA, South Africa, Brad Mears
  • ZBCA, Zambia, Esther Sakala
  • ZBCA, Zimbabwe, David Mutambara


The PABC aims to be the engine of private sector mobilisation in the fight against HIV and AIDS across the African continent.


To mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on sustained profitability and economic growth by establishing a network of high quality information and best practices and building sustainable partnerships between the private sector and other stakeholders on the African sub-continent.

Business plan

The main objective of the Pan African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (“PABC”) is to mobilise and co-ordinate country coalitions to take effective action on HIV/AIDS, by expanding on, or initiating new, but sustainable responses. The PABC will also gather and spread information knowledge, skills and material resources in collaboration with similar organisations. This business plan has been developed subsequent to conferences for African business coalitions in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. Further, this business plan has been developed subsequent to the formulation of the PABC in February 2005.

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PABC Conference: 20-22 May 2008 (Johannesburg)

bradmearsfacilitatorspabc.jpgDelegates from across Africa formally approved the registration of the Pan African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (PABC), and also appointed the first interim board of directors on 22 May 2008, at a conference held in Kyalami, Johannesburg.

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Private Sector Role in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thematic Stakeholder Consultations; Bamako, Mali, December, 2007

As a follow-up of the HIV/AIDS Private Sector Mobilization Forum for Francophone Africa held in Marrakech, Morocco in June, 2006, the World Bank, through ACTafrica and the Finance and Private Sector Department, in partnership with the Government of Mali and the Pan African Network of African Business Coalitions (PABC) , held thematic stakeholder consultations on the role of the private sector in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The meetings were held in Bamako, Mali on December 4-6, 2007. The overall objective was to develop a platform and business model for private sector delivery of sustainable services for HIV/AIDS in Africa and to support innovative partnerships between private and public sectors and civil society in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and to facilitate PABC’s expansion to Francophone Business Coalitions.

Click here to view the document: Private Sector Role in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa (conceptnote-bamakoconsultations-rev9271)


The development on the continent of a private sector agenda has taken shape with active support and sponsorship from the World Bank, World Economic Forum’s Global Health Initiative and UNAIDS. The PABC initiative, the result of conferences in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa, was launched at the 14th International conference on HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, to develop common responses to the threat that HIV/AIDS poses to the continent.

The PABC aims to:

  1. Align the efforts of the African business community with other national and international role-players in developing a collective strategy on HIV/AIDS.
  2. Facilitate multi-sectoral and multi-country partnerships aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, offering care and support and alleviating the economic impact of HIV/AIDS.
  3. Create an interactive HIV/AIDS knowledge centre with a central database, current information, resources and best practice models.
  4. Promote research, protection of legal and human rights, access to affordable treatment and the development of sound managements principles regarding HIV/AIDS.

Member countries

Click here to see the full list of PABC members: pabcmembersjune08

Click here for a summary of the report on the state of African Business Coalitions by the Global Health Initiative and World Bank’s AIDS Campaign Team for Africa (ACTafrica).

Click here to access The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad):

Member resources


Click here for a December 2007 presentation on the PricewaterhouseCoopers surey of Namibian business directors: pwc_hiv-aids_survey08-nabcoa. The results of the Business Decision Makers’ Survey, which targeted between 40 and 50 business leaders, indicates that there are some excellent response mechanisms in place which can be emulated. Some of the bestpractices are home-grown responses that appear to be successful for their olistic response to HIV and AIDS. It was noted that these responses tended to be mainstreamed into all operational aspects of the business including risk management, strategic and businesszplanning, and budgeting.


Click here to view the Cost Benefit Analysis of HIV Workplace Programmes in Zambia (September 2007). This research was conducted under the auspices of the Comprehensive HIV AIDS Management Programme (CHAMP) in Zambia, with financial and technical support from the National AIDS Council through the STARZ Programme, IOM, FAO, and USAID, through the SHARe project. The report: cost_benefit_analysis_of_hiv_workplace_programmes_in_zambia1

Achievements so far

  • Appointing a full-time member of staff responsible for PABC communications
  • Conducting a mapping exercise of all African business coalitions together with the World Economic Forum
  • Starting work on the development of a PABC website
  • Holding informal discussions with NEPAD representatives to get formal endorsement of the PABC
  • Engaging with potential funders
  • Stimulating Receiving support from the Global Business Coalition
  • Dialogue between African business coalitions
  • Increasing awareness of PABC among companies with a footprint on the continent, including Standard Bank, MTN and LaFarge.
  • Organising a conference which was held on 20-22 May 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Developing a website.

Strategic partnerships

The PABC aims to form strategic partnerships with major international and national organisations including NEPAD’s private sector caucus, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the International Chamber of Commerce and African Federated Chamber of Commerce and the African Union (AU). Stronger links with existing partners such as the Global Business Coalition, World Bank, UNAIDS and the International Labour Organisation will also be forged.

The PABC will also work closely with bilateral and multilateral organizations including but not limited to the UK Department for International Development, USAID, PEPFAR, the Global Fund and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

Relationships with governments

The PABC will develop close relationships with national government agencies and work with African governments to:

  1. Define the relations between the private sector and governments at an individual country and regional level
  2. Find ways to expand the role of the private sector in combating HIV/AIDS, especially with regard to treatment
  3. Find ways for the private sector to bring more resources to Government responses
  4. Work with governments within the broader development agenda on the continent

Challenges to overcome

  • There is a need for greater participation from Franco-phone countries, North African countries and the inclusion of Angola.
  • Weaker coalitions need to be strengthened.
  • All countrys’ AIDS commissions need to recognise the role that the PABC can and does play as well as realise that the private sector is a committed, long-term partner in the fight against HIV.

Related organisations

Swedish Workplace HIV/Aids Programme (SWHAP): Click here to view their archive of newsletters

AIDS Control in Companies in Africa: The regional project ACCA is supporting the private sector in Africa, mainly Business Coalitions and companies. The programme is financed by the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

The ACCA Toolbox is a collection of information materials and implementation tools, designed to facilitate the introduction of workplace interventions against HIV/AIDS. It is meant for representatives of companies and business associations as well as for technical staff of development organizations. You are asked to register before you access the toolbox. This is only to give us an overview who is joining the international community of promoters of HIV/AIDS interventions at work.

The toolbox is being refined and will shortly be available locally. A link will be provided here once it is available (May 2008).

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