Technical Assistance to Hills Governance Program and Norad Ė Transparency and Safeguarding Medicines
The Hills Governance Program was established by Roderick M. Hills,
former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and his wife, Carla Hills, a former cabinet
member in the Ford and Bush administrations, to promote good governance through transparency initiatives.
With experience establishing governance programs in Asia and Latin America, the Hills Program was approached
by the Millenium Challenge Corporation and USAIDís Democracy and Governance Office to consider transparency
initiatives to safeguard HIV/AIDS drug supply in Africa. In 2006, BUís Dr. Taryn Vian was invited to two
expert meetings to discuss these issues with officials of MCC, USAID, PEPFAR, World Bank, and other
organizations interested in governance issues. She prepared a briefing on vulnerabilities to corruption
in HIV/AIDS medicines procurement and supply systems, and provided advice on the establishment of a
governance program in Kenya.
She was also invited to technical meetings in Oslo, with Noradís Office of Peace, Gender, and
Democracy, and the Global Health Office. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss corruption risk in
the governance of country-level Global Fund programs, including drug supply security. At the same time,
she presented an internal seminar on corruption risk mitigation and a lecture on transparency issues in
drug supply, financial management, and provider-patient interactions for an audience of Norwegian NGOs
working in the health sector. The Sudanese Ambassador to Norway attended this meeting and requested
additional reports and information from BU. See presentation posted at BUís Accountability and Transparency
for Health web site, www.bu.edu/actforhealth.