What’s new at AMSHeR?

AMSHeR has been through a difficult time this year. But it is by no means all doom and gloom! We have some very positive developments to report, and the Secretariat (and we hope now our members) are feeling very hopeful about the future.

Our donors supported the appointment of a Managing Administrator in June this year. Ingrid Obery is sorting out all of the administrative and financial management backlog, and getting the Secretariat team back on track – we meet every week, support each other’s work and are much more productive and effective. Our financial management is also much much tighter, and it is clear that in future we will be able to be totally accountable to members and donors.

The highlights of how we have moved forward are:

We now have a full Board in place. The new members are wonderfully experienced in financial management, legal issues, human resources and general good governance. In brief, the Board now looks like this:

  • Interim Chair: Danilo da Silva. Executive Director, LAMBDA Mozambique;
  • Dr Siphelele Zulu. Executive Director: Human Resources, University of South Africa (UNISA) (Chair AMSHeR Board sub-committee on Human Resources and Remuneration);
  • Riedwaan Wookay. Executive Coordinator, Development Bank of Southern Africa. (Chair AMSHeR Board sub-committee on Finance, Audit and Risk);
  • Jeanette Bouverie. Attorney, Conveyancer, Notary Public (Immigration Attorney);
  • Jeffrey Mabelebele. Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education South Africa;
  • Judge Edwin Cameron. Constitutional Court, South Africa. Ad hoc board member;
  • Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike. Executive Director, International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health (ICARH). (Chair AMSHeR Board sub-committee on Membership, Stakeholder Relations and Ethics);
  • Ningwele Claver Toure. Executive Director, Alternatives Cote d’Ivoire.


The full Board held its first meeting on 11 September 2014. There are three Board sub-committees, and the managing administrator reports that the members are extremely committed and responsive, contributing thoughtfully to critical organisational decisions.

We also held a Steering Committee meeting on 8 & 9 September 2014 and 95% of our members were represented. This process was generously supported by HPP. Member representatives looked carefully at the AMSHeR strategy and came up with some good ideas for ways the coalition could be more effective in future. The meeting was filled with debate and useful thinking, and all members agreed that AMSHeR’s work on the continent is important and must continue.

  • AMSHeR has signed an MoU with MSH (Medical Sciences for Health). MSH will be supporting a full organisation capacity strengthening process. This has already started, with an MSH financial expert supporting us to put in place best practice financial policies, procedures and systems. He will also train staff on the use of these systems and help with financial staff recruitment. MSH will also be supporting Human Resources policy and process implementation.

We will keep you posted.

The AMSHeR Secretariat.