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New Partners Initiative End of Project Meetings Report

Download this publicationAnnounced on World AIDS Day 2005, the New Partners Initiative (NPI) was an effort within the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to work with new partners, including community- and faith-based organizations, to enhance their technical and organizational capacity and ensure the quality and sustainability of HIV and AIDS programs worldwide.

Although many organizations are able to reach people who need HIV and AIDS services, they lack experience working with the U.S. government and its funding processes. Community- and faith-based organizations, in particular, represent vital but underutilized resources. Many such organizations are well-established within communities and well-placed to reach out to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Between 2006 and 2012, PEPFAR, through USAID, CDC, and HRSA, awarded grants to 54 organizations, or “new partners,” to provide HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and support services in 14 countries. To strengthen the sustainability of the response, NPI also offered assistance to these new partners, helping them improve program quality, analyze needs, and strengthen their organizations.

Two U.S.-based organizations, FHI 360 and John Snow, Inc. (JSI), received PEPFAR funds to help the new partners manage U.S. government funds and increase their organizational capacities. FHI 360 and JSI accomplished this by offering a wide array of optional technical assistance opportunities, including training, coaching and mentoring, peer exchange, targeted technical assistance, and leadership development. JSI/NuPITA, 2012

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