AU-IBAR / Programme Coordinating Unit
The AU-IBAR Programme Coordinating Unit is in charge of the overall coordination of the Programme and implements activities either directly or indirectly through the RECs. AU-IBAR on the other hand executes tasks related to evidence-based advocacy and supports the various programmes that directly bolster the objectives of the VET-GOV Programme. In this regard, the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH), the Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-setting Organisations (PAN-SPSO) Project, the Integrated Regional Coordination Mechanism (IRCM)and the Animal Resources Information System II (ARIS II) Programmes, as well as the ALive Partnership are directly supported by the VET-GOV Programme.
Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
The Programme strengthens the capacity of RECs to fulfil their mandates to (i) coordinate and harmonise the activities of MSs, (ii) provide technical assistance to MSs and (iii) facilitate regional integration. In this regard, the VET-GOV Programme assigned regional coordinators in each REC and aligned its activities through the RECs.
The Programme identifies the importance of creating and strengthening national mechanisms, through which a participatory and inclusive livestock policy formulation and implementation process can take place. In so doing, the programme creates and strengthens national policy hubs , which are multidisciplinary platforms that bring together key stakeholders to foster the formulation and implementation of livestock policies in general and animal health strategies in particular.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO essentially (i) sustains the regional animal health networks (e.g. laboratory, epidemio-surveillance, communication, socio-economics of transboundary animal diseases [TADs], etc.) that play a key role in the harmonization of national approaches and regional integration; and (ii) widely mobilises expertise in relation to livestock policy analysis.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
OIE is responsible for implementing activities related to (i) enhancing capacity of countries to assess compliance with OIE standards, (ii) building capacities in veterinary legislation and (iii) ensuring interoperability between the AU-IBAR Animal Resources Information System (ARIS) and the OIE World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS).
Empowering none-state actors, i.e. the civil-society organisations and the private sector, in policy formulation and implementation, as well as in advocacy and communication has been considered as a compulsory element for achieving improved governance in the livestock sector. Acknowledging this, the VET-GOV Programme builds the capacities of non-state actors, particularly farmers associations and organisations to enable them play their role of convincing governments for institutional strengthening of veterinary services.