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close this bookThe Business Response to HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2000, 79 p.)
close this folder3. Participants
close this folderB. Resources and skills
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View the documenti. Private sector
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View the documentiii. NGOs

iii. NGOs

In terms of cash resources and full-time employees, NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs) are smaller than their public and private sector counterparts. However, they are public-interest organisations with considerable social and political influence. They have the credibility that comes from working closely with those most affected by the epidemic. Often, NGOs understand better the conditions and social attitudes that lead to the spread of the virus and, in many parts of the world, have led the campaign to draw public attention to HIV/AIDS issues in the community and the workplace. Their resources are predominantly skills based, although they are often an excellent conduit for information and can be better informed and networked than business on the issue of HIV/AIDS.

Beyond their lobbying and advocacy, NGOs and CBOs that have partnered businesses in the response to HIV/AIDS have invariably played an advisory, service provision or independent monitoring and evaluation role. These range from providing specialised knowledge of the disease in the development of HIV/AIDS policies and programmes, to implementing projects, assisting access to local communities and advising on the needs of, and representing people living with HIV/AIDS.