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An independent and transparent mechanism for the review of the national response to HIV and AIDS – the Independent Review Group (IRG) – was established in 2007 for an initial three year period to assess performance and to fulfill the Global Task Team’s recommendations for accountability and oversight. The work of the group was extended by the National AIDS Council (NAC) in 2010, for a second three-year period. The IRG conducts a periodic higher-level assessment, reviewing the performance of planned activities against NHS objectives. The IRG reports to the NAC through the NHS Steering Group, after which its reports are made public.

The core functions of the IRG are to

  • Conduct an independent annual review of the performance of the response to HIV from sectors against key indicators of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, and to contribute to the periodic higher level of monitoring at an outcome and impact level as detailed in the NHS 2011-2015, UNGASS and Millennium Development Goals. To do this the IRG will:

  • Assess the progress of HIV prevention, care, treatment and support activities

  • Identify constraints and facilitators to implementation

  • Assess mechanisms for planning, coordination, stakeholder engagement, resourcing/financing and reporting in relation to implementation of the NHS

  • Conduct/collaborate with Development Partners in specific reviews/evaluations of aspects of multi-sectoral performance as requested by the NAC, or through joint NACS/HIV Donor Forum meetings

  • Review the consistency of allocations and expenditure against priorities of NHS and their translation into the annual implementation plans

  • Assess the effectiveness of donor harmonization/coordination, including the alignment of support among themselves and with Government for national policies, strategies, systems, cycles and plans

  • Periodically, assess the quality and adequacy of monitoring and evaluation systems in NACS, identify strategies to strengthen the analysis and collection of data and use of this information.