The Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organisations – UNASO
The Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO) was established as a membership organization in 1996 in order to provide a platform for coordination, networking resource mobilization and information sharing among civil society AIDS service organizations (ASOs) so as to improve on the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of their contribution to the national response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. UNASO members include PHA groups, local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based organizations (FBOs), Community Based organizations (CBOs), Cultural institutions and international NGOs. To date, UNASO’s membership stands at over 2000 organisations with the CBOs and NGOs constituting 60% and 26% of the registered organizations respectively.
"A Ugandan society free of HIV and AIDS and its impact."
"To provide leadership to ASOs for collective response to HIV and AIDS through effective representation, coordination and enhanced capacities."
UNASO 5 year Strategic Plan 2012-2017 stipulates the following objectives;
- Institutional capacity of UNASO and its membership to contribute (deliver its mandate) to the national response improved by 2017
- Capacity of UNASO to coordinate, network and strengthen partnerships among ASOs and other actors for effective HIV and AIDS response enhanced by 2017
- Enabling and supportive environment for quality HIV and AIDS service delivery promoted by 2017
- Coordination and management of strategic information for HIV and AIDS response among ASOs improved by 2017
2. Core Programme Areas
Institutional Capacity Building
In order o implement its mandate and the additional responsibilities given to it by UAC and the SCEs, UNASO develops both its own institutional capacity and the ones of its member ASOs and communities to enable them perform their functions and meet their set objectives effectively and efficiently.
Coordination, Networking and Partnerships:
In addition to being a membership organization with a Secretariat for coordinating all ASOs, UNASO also acts as the secretariat of the SCE-National NGOs and for Civil Society Inter-Coordination Committee which is the forum for the 8 civil society related SCEs. UNASO coordinates the national NGOs and link them with government, development partners and private sector in order to ensure that appropriate policies, programmes, strategies and guidelines are in place and adequate resources are allocated, utilized and accounted for appropriately at both national and district levels.
This programme area focuses on advocating for enabling and supportive environment for quality HIV and AIDS service delivery. UNASO builds the capacity of its district networks and ASOs so that they can collaboratively hold the duty bearers accountable for respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of the population especially in relation to HIV&AIDS by ensuring that government adopts and implements appropriate legal policies, national laws, institutions and processes.
Strategic Information Management
UNASO takes leadership of CSOs in gathering and sharing information from domestic and international research efforts so that ASOs are able to access strategic information that is particularly relevant for HIV and AIDS response and benefit from such new knowledge so that they remain relevant to the response and UNASO to remain relevant to the members.
3. Guiding Principles
The principles that will guide in the successful implementation of this strategic plan by all the relevant stakeholders are highlighted below.
- Greater involvement of civil society actors
- Greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV
- Non partisan
- Non-religious based.
Any AIDS service organization (INGO, NGO, CBO, FBO) can be a member of UNASO. CBOs and district NGOs subscribe to district networks where they exist. In case the district network does not exist; they can subscribe directly to UNASO Secretariat. International NGOs, FBOs, national NGOs and district networks pay their annual subscription fees to UNASO Secretariat.
To become a member of the network, please complete the membership form from the Secretariat, a district network or focal organization. Return the form to the district network office, focal organization or UNASO Secretariat. Upon payment of the first annual membership and subscription fee, a UNASO membership certificate is offered.