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Moderator: Ruth Levine - Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Ensuring adequate evaluation of social and public health programs is essential to accelerating social progress in low- and middle-income countries. Only when countries and donors are aware of what works, will they be able to make informed decisions about priorities and strategies into the future. This knowledge and awareness is especially important in HIV/AIDS programs, where donors commit a high level of resources to combat the epidemic that is devastating millions of lives and undermining poverty alleviation and development efforts around the world.
However, effective evaluation of global HIV/AIDS programs remains a daunting task. Donor-funded programs in this area are complex, multi-faceted and multi-sectoral, and many of the results are difficult to measure. By bringing together experts engaged in evaluating the major donors’ global HIV/AIDS programs, including the World Bank's Assistance for HIV/AIDS Control, the US bi-lateral President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the WHO’s 3by5 Initiative, this seminar explored strategies, frameworks and challenges for evaluation, and lessons for the future.