Botswana Business Coalition on AIDS
WELCOME TO BBCA
BBCA is a private sector coalition, mandated by the government of Botswana to facilitate and coordinate the private sector response to HIV and AIDS in Botswana.
ABOUT BOTSWANA BUSINESS COALITION ON AIDS
The Botswana Business Coalition on AIDS was established during the development and formulation of the second National 5year HIV/AIDS Plan in the Republic of Botswana. It was deliberately structured and organized on the basis of a Multi-Sectoral HIV AIDS Plan11 (1997-2002).
BBCA primarily works through its partner organizations to reach businesses. These partners include Women In Business Association (WIBA), BOCCIM and the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB). These groups have a membership base of over 2000 companies or more.
The Botswana Business Coalition on AIDS was established during the development and formulation of the second National 5year HIV/AIDS Plan in the Republic of Botswana. It was deliberately structured and organized on the basis of a Multi-Sectoral HIV AIDS Plan11 (1997-2002). BBCA was designated as the organization to co-ordinate and provide support to the Private Sector Response, as well as to develop their capability for developing and implementing quality HIV/AIDS programmes including the development and implementation of Policies on HIV/AIDS in the workplace.
The BBCA Mission, Mandate, Goals and objectives were set out and endorsed by the National AIDS Council (NAC). The BBCA was then established in 1994 as a coalition of private sector companies.
1994-2002 saw a period of inactivity with no formal secretariat and only minimal interventions carried out by volunteers. 2002 marked a rejuvenation of the coalition as a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) laying the foundations for joined activities. This arrangement facilitated partnerships between the BBCA and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) and the Botswana – USA Project (BOTUSA).
There are approximately 3,000-5,000 organized businesses in Botswana; BBCA has reached 10-15% of businesses in the country. Judging by outputs from the Needs Assessment Survey (NAS) that was conducted in 2004, 18% of the 300 companies surveyed had a workplace policy. BBCA primarily works through its partner organizations to reach businesses. These partners include Women in Business (WIBA), BOCCIM and the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB). Collectively, these groups have a membership base of over 2,000 companies. BOCCIM has 14 business councils in Botswana, stratified according to industry and geography. BBCA is currently exploring the possibility of appointing an HIV/AIDS focal point within each council.
What We Do
BBCA, a Coalition set out to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and facilitate the provision of quality and comprehensive care and support to employees affected and infected via workplace programmes.
BBCA’s vision is to ensure that every private sector company in Botswana develops and implements HIV/AIDS interventions. More precisely, BBCA’s vision of the future is:
- Prevention, treatment care and support efforts to be greatly enhanced through optimizing the private sector’s capacity
- Greater logistical and support from other sectors and development partners
- Greater involvement of the business community to become an active, if not a leading, partner in the national multi-sectoral response as articulated in the National Strategic Framework (NSF 2003-2009)
- Further outreach and sector-specific support through establishment of minibusiness coalitions stratified by sector and/or geographic locations
- Cultivate mentorship between small and large companies
BBCA’s mission is to strengthen the Botswana private sector’s role in managing and combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the workplace.
Our Strategic Objectives
- To mobilise and sensetise the private sector institutions on HIV and AIDS
- To build and strengthen institutional capacity of the SME for development of HIV/AIDS workplace programmes and policies
- To strengthen networking and cordination of the private sector response to HIV/AIDS in Botswana
- To facilitate M&E and reporting by enterprises collaborating in the private sector response to HIV/AIDS
- To build and strengthen BBCA institutional capacity and organisational development
The governance process of BBCA comprises of the secretariat that manages the day-to-day activities of the network, one sub-board committee in Human Resource, and a general assembly that meets annually and elects Board members.
The Management Board has members representing the sectors of Financial Services, Mining, Petroleum, Hospitality & Tourism, SMEs, and Women In Business Association. Members of the board meet on a quarterly basis.
Mr. Kabelo Ebineng
Dr. Onalethata Johnson
Mr. Norman Moleele
Ms. Neo Masu
Dr. Lorato Mangadi
Mr. David Mosweu
Ms. Gaeyo Mothei
Ms. E. S Ndlovu
Baobab Primary School (retired)
The secretariat‘s core organizational structure consists of a Program Manager, an Office Assistant and Project Officers (Information Management , Monitoring and Evaluation, Finance and Administration and Capacity Building officers). Our team also periodically benefits from the support of temporary Writer/Editor and volunteers. Our staff is dedicated to support a company’s successful HIV and AIDS workplace program development and implementation including support in program monitoring and reporting.
Programme Officers support implementation of programme strategies, as well as creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of resource mobilization strategy. Part of their work is to support a company’s successful HIV/AIDS workplace programming and provide capacity building advice to help companies run their own programmes. The officers’ duties include providing support to companies in monitoring their own programme implementation, to write and submit timely reports, and to ensure reports to donors and management board are completed and delivered on time. Additionally, they look after the day-to-day running of the office, including administration duties. The positions of coordinator, administration officer and communications and marketing officer are currently vacant, due to lack of funding.
Mr. Frank Phatshwane
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Vincent K. Sebele
Finance & Administation Officer
Ms Chazha Masabase
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Mr. leonard K. Matota
Public Relations and Communication
Ms. Unami Sakane