The UNDP HIV/AIDS Group, New York and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, are currently collaborating in the implementation of an initiative on governance of HIV/AIDS responses, which has resulted in the development of methodological and analytical tools and preparation of conceptual and diagnostic studies on the relationship between global, regional, national and local governance and effective AIDS response.
In this context, the two institutions jointly organised a major Conference on the theme “Governance of HIV/AIDS Responses: Making Participation and Accountability Count,” on 5-6 November 2007 at Radcliffe House, University of Warwick, UK.
The Conference provided an opportunity for critical discussion of key issues concerning the relationship between governance and effective AIDS response and for exploring innovative approaches to enhance this relationship. The Conference served as a forum for facilitating interaction between academic researchers of different disciplines and policy-makers and practitioners at global, national and local levels and from various sectors involved in governance and HIV/AIDS. Papers were presented under the following sub-themes: (1) the role of the state and democratic governance; (2) non-state actors, popular participation and governance of AIDS response; (3) governance structures of global and regional institutions and AIDS response; (4) public-private partnerships, formal and informal networks and AIDS governance and response; and (5) accountability and effective AIDS response.