Who is Yezingane Network - Childrens` Rights Centre

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Who is Yezingane Network - Childrens` Rights Centre
Yezingane
Network
Progress
Report
Oct 2009 to
June 2011
Making the NSP 2007 – 2011 work for
Children - Progress So Far?
26 July 2011
Who is Yezingane Network ?
 Representing the Children’s Sector on SANAC
 Civil society network - representing thousands of
children’s sector stakeholders across South Africa
 Currently 123 members (June 2011)
 Work to prevent and address the impact of HIV & AIDS on
children, families and communities in South Africa
 Established in 2003
 Yezingane means ‘for the children’ in isiZulu
Membership – Who are We ?
• Membership criteria of Yezingane Network - we would like to hear your views on
these
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Membership to YN is open to any civil society organisation regardless of size and reach who meet the
criteria
Membership criteria - full membership (full voting rights) and information members (Government
officials, donors and bilateral organisations, international agencies)
Note Information members support the sector as development partners in ensuring active and vibrant
civil society
Individual membership allowed to people incl. health care practitioners and educators who have and
continue to make a contribution to child rights & wellbeing through their work.
Voting - current practice is all organisations and individual full members get an equal vote
With few exceptions most of the work of Yezingane Network is through communication and
consensus building and not through voting on issues with the exception of electoral processes.
How are We Structured ?
The Working Group
Who is SANAC?
 South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was set up
as an independent body in 2000
 High-level multi-sectoral partnership body, comprised of
government (RSA Deputy President chairs the Council
alongside a Civil Society deputy-chair) & elected civil
society reps from a range of sectors
 Leadership role:
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building and maintaining consensus on policy and strategy,
overseeing overall implementation and review of the National
Strategic Plan (NSP 2007 -2011)
Who is SANAC?
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Yezingane Network Contributions
to SANAC
What Yezingane Network aimed to achieve?
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Maintain active children’s sector representation on SANAC structures
through input into the design & function of the structures
Encourage more active engagement between various child related
structures and processes.
Did this through:
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100% attendance at SANAC Plenary and PIC meetings during this period by
Children’s Sector Reps
8 Technical Task Team (TTT) meetings (4 Treatment, Care and Support (TCS); 2 Research,
Monitoring and Evaluation (RME); 1 Prevention, 1 Human Rights & Access to Justice)
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3 SANAC strengthening & functioning related meetings
Participation in 18 non-SANAC related meetings
Engagement with other Sectors & important partners
Yezingane Contributions to
NSP awareness work for and with children
What Yezingane Network aimed to achieve?
 Promote NSP-literacy and action amongst Children’s Sector organisations
 Support monitoring and evaluation of child related outputs and outcomes of
the NSP.
Did this through:
 3 workshops on the NSP with children from 7 organisations
 1 Consultative meeting on with adults who support children’s groups
 Further distribution and translation (isiZulu, seSotho and Afrikaans) of existing NSP-
literacy awareness raising materials and resources
 Continued to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the NSP for children in South
Africa
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2011 Scorecard – More than just a monitoring tool!
Maintaining an effective and mobilised
Children’s Sector
What Yezingane Network aimed to achieve?
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Ensure effective functioning of the Yezingane Network
Identify & champion HIV and AIDS related issues needing urgent attention
Did this through:
• Regular & well-organised meeting of YN structures
• Provincial mobilising events incl. Meeting of Children’s Sector across
Provinces, provincial-level mobilisation workshops/meetings in Mpumalanga,
W. Cape, Free State, E. Cape, N. Cape
• Improved communication & info. sharing
• Leadership changes in Secretariat – resignation of Rep Cati Vawda & election
of new Sector
• Governance Audit by SANAC of Civil Society Sectors
Senzeni-Na ?
(What Have We done ?)
 Made significant progress towards our goals
• Participated in SANAC Structures and improved coordination
with other relevant bodies
• Support and monitor NSP implementation (NSP 2007 -2011)
• Improve effectiveness and cohesion of civil society around
children especially around HIV and AIDS
 Helped SANAC and NSP to work for and with Children
 Awareness and literacy about NSP and the programmes
 Raised the profile of Children in this epidemic
 Invited by Govt to be part of the SA delegation to the High-level
meeting at the UN in New York (June 2011)
What Have We Done ?
• Championed children’s HIV and AIDS issues
• The Government’s HCT campaign, specifically mass testing of children in
schools
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Consensus building on Infant feeding in the context of HIV and AIDS &
publication ‘Questions and Answers: Infant feeding in the context of HIV
in South Africa (1st ed. Dec. 2010; 2nd ed. June 2011)
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Considerable inputs to the Mid Term Review (MTR) of the current NSP –
basis for advocacy strategy for NSP 2012-2016
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Community Care Worker policy
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Continued PMTCT social mobilisation campaign in support of the
National treatment programme
Key Achievements since Oct. 2009
 Actively represented the Sector in SANAC structures & processes incl. in
leadership roles within SANAC (TCS TTT Co-chaired by YN rep for 2 yrs)
 With other key stakeholders influenced Government to re-think the mass
testing in schools as part of the HCT Campaign
 Influenced a number of policies affecting children (from Social to Health
and Education)
 Raised awareness and mobilised membership around the NSP, specifically
through a child-focused lens
 Strong mobilisation of the Sector across S.A. to support the PMTCT
National Campaign as a gateway to improved maternal, newborn & child
health & wellness
Key Achievements since Oct. 2009
 Telling the Yezingane Network Story – a publication reflecting the growth
& development of the Children’s Sector Network since its inception.
 Monitoring of S.A’s progress in implementing the NSP for children. The
Children’s HIV and AIDS Scorecard 2011: Monitoring South Africa’s
response to children and HIV and AIDS - evidence-based snapshot of
progress or lack thereof in achieving the NSP 2007-2012 goals and targets.
Opportunities and key focus areas
 Provide strategic input to the drafting of the NSP 2012 - 2016 and the
accompanying monitoring and evaluation framework
 Create a platform for active child participation in the development of the NSP
 Support and enable SANAC to put in place effective monitoring and
evaluation systems
 Develop a new Children’s SIP to provide ongoing support for implementation
of the new NSP over the next 5 years
 Champion key children’s sector issues
 Strengthen the ‘Children’s Sector Voice’ through Provincial Mobilising project
 Strengthen the financial sustainability of the Networks such as Yezingane
Network in the increasingly unyielding fiscal environment
Thank You

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