John Macauley

Regional Programme Specialist, HIV, Health and Development


Based in: Regional Hub for Europe and CIS

From: Slovakia

Studied at: Comenius University

Languages: English, German, Russian, Slovak



Hi, I’m John Macauley and I’m UNDP’s Regional Analyst for HIV, Health and Development in Europe and CIS.


My main areas of expertise:

  1. Providing advice for the timely codification and dissemination of good practices in the area of HIV, health and development
  2. Providing policy advice for the implementation of effective HIV responses
  3. Addressing stigma and discrimination towards people living with, and affected by, HIV
  4. Encouraging participation of civil society representatives and members of most at risk populations in AIDS responses and political processes

My work

I have worked on HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2004. As part of the HIV, Health and Development team, my work has focused on supporting national stakeholders (government and civil society) as they strengthen their capacities related to HIV prevention, treatment and care and other health issues. Our main focus is to promote and protect the rights of at risk populations including drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men. I work to capture and disseminate good practices in the area of HIV prevention, treatment and care and other strategic health issues. Before joining UNDP, I worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), promoting political participation of marginalized populations including Roma, women and youth.


Some accomplishments

2011 - Supported the region’s participation in the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

The regional dialogue meeting of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law held in Chisinau, Moldova in May 2011 brought together representatives of government, civil society, and international organizations including the UN family to look at how punitive law impedes the AIDS response and subsequently increases the number of cases in the region.

2010-2011 - Led and coordinated input to a capacity assessment on local action contributing to achievement of universal access targets in the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan.

The capacity assessment report presents key findings and recommendations for strengthening the AIDS response at sub-national and regional level.

2006-2009 - Coordinated a regional initiative identifying main barriers of people living with and affected by HIV to accessing healthcare services, education, the labour market and other spheres of society.

The project fed into the development of a Regional Human Development Report – Living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – The Human Cost of Social Exclusion.


For more details, you are welcome to contact me directly:

+421-2-59337 251


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