Prepared by Jacques du Guerny, Lee-Nah Hsu, Michelle Rodolph, Liu
Wei, Zhao Shaoji, et al.
Good governance has been
recognized by UNDP as a critical element in the reduction of HIV
vulnerability. Right from its start, the UNDP South East Asia HIV
and Development Programme has emphasized the importance of
introducing dimensions of good governance into development
strategies aimed at combating HIV/AIDS epidemics. The presentation
of this message to a forum of Asian Parliamentarians at the end of
1999 resulted in the publication of the first article of this issue
which links HIV prevention and good governance.
It is most encouraging to note that the message has encouraged
several national AIDS programmes to introduce good governance, or a
number of its characteristics, into their programmes, as feasible
and appropriate within the context of each country. This is the
first time a collection of good governance examples, as they relate
to HIV in the Greater Mekong Sub region, have been compiled.
In many cases, the promotion of good governance has been spearheaded
by NGO's, CBO's or international agencies. However, the case studies
presented focus on efforts by governments and national AIDS
programmes to strengthen their anti HIV/AIDS strategies through
integrating good governance.
Examples from China, Lao PDR and Viet Nam illustrate efforts to
apply principles of good governance to reducing vulnerability to HIV
infection. Despite the complexity of real life situations,
translating theory into practice is possible when the key actors are
convinced of the basis for their action.
UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme is pleased to
share these case studies of good governance and hopes additional
good governance examples, in South East Asia and elsewhere, can be
promoted as part of our HIV vulnerability reduction efforts.
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