Governance of the Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!”

The governance structure of the Regional Program includes two advisory bodies and the EHRN Steering Committee as decision-making body.

The Regional Program is governed by EHRN Steering Committee as the decision-making body and two advisory bodies: the Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG) and the Oversight Committee (OC).

The Steering Committee (SC) as the decision-making body leads the overall governance of EHRN and implementation of the Regional Program. The SC serves as a de facto Coordinating Mechanism for the Regional Program. It also provides technical and political support to the Secretariat in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG) established by EHRN Steering Committee in 2013 is a mechanism to ensure a wider perspective and input from various partners are taken into account to reflect international and national processes in harm reduction, human rights, women’s rights, non-OST drug treatment, TB and hepatitis C, health systems strengthening, and financial management. RTAG provides SC with strategic guidance in the development and implementation of the Regional Program. RTAG acts as a consultative body and has no decision-making authority. RTAG formulates recommendations for the decision-making of the SC. RTAG members also serve on the Expert Panel that develops recommendations for the SC to consider in the selection of national partners.

The Oversight Committee (OC), established by EHRN Steering Committee in 2014, fulfills the oversight of the Regional Program’s implementation, including use of financial resources, and provides recommendations for problem solving and improvement of implementation. The OC does not perform any management functions or assume any management responsibilities for the principal recipient, but assures effective grant implementation. The OC does not make any decisions related to its findings, but rather makes recommendations to the Steering Committee for decision and action.