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Documentation of Best Practices

SAfAIDS Approach to Documenting Best Practices

As the leading HIV and AIDS information and communication organisation in the southern African region, SAfAIDS has developed a strategic approach to documenting best practices. This approach has been developed through research and experience in documenting best practices on HIV and AIDS in southern Africa. A description of past projects and publications is presented later in this document. SAfAIDS promotes a Participatory Documentation Process approach which means that an effort is made to maximise the participation of the key stakeholders (partner organisations, beneficiaries, communities, etc.) throughout the six step process. This includes ensuring that people living with HIV and AIDS, women and children are represented.

 

HIV & AIDS Best Practice Documentation and Communication: A Key Information Gap in Southern Africa

In the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the inter-sharing of "Best Practices" in HIV and AIDS programming around the key response areas: prevention, care, support, treatment and impact mitigation, across southern Africa. Extensive efforts have been made by governments, civil society and private sector to roll-out programs - at regional, national community levels, and many have generated vital lessons learnt and evidence of success in their implementation. However detailed documentation of such initiatives, outlining core measures of good programming: Effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Relevance; Ethical soundness; Replicabililty; Innovativeness; and Sustainability, remains limited in the region. While recognition of the need to document Best Practices is widely apparent, capacity to identify, plan, conduct, document, and disseminate an HIV and AIDS related Best Practice initiative remains limited.

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Fit for Life, Fit for Work Success Story Documentation: The Fit for Life, Fit for Work Model Documentation of an integrated approach towards reducing sexual and reproductive health-related vulnerability in four South African communities

Fit for Life, Fit for Work Success Story Documentation: The Fit for Life, Fit for Work Model Documentation of an integrated approach towards reducing sexual and reproductive health-related vulnerability in four South African communities

Enhancing Good Practice Documentation with Digital Storytelling: A Reference Manual for Empowering Community-Based Organisations and Communities around HIV and Gender, SAfAIDS & Women'sNet, 2012

This reference manual was developed jointly by SAfAIDS and Women’sNet, with support from Oxfam Canada, to provide a step-by-step manual for using digital storytelling as an innovative addition to the range of tools that can be used to document and communicate good practices.

A Sexual and Reproductive Health Success Story Youth Leading Youth: SAYWHAT Reclaiming Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Young People in Zimbabwe’s Tertiary Institutions

A Sexual and Reproductive Health Success Story Youth Leading Youth: SAYWHAT Reclaiming Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Young People in Zimbabwe’s Tertiary Institutions, SAfAIDS & SAYWHAT, 2011

 

Over the years, commendable initiatives have been undertaken by governments, funding partners and civil society organisations to address the challenges that confront young people in the region. These efforts have contributed towards raising awareness of the magnitude of challenges that young people face. However, the majority of these efforts have failed to transfer requisite knowledge and skills to enable young people to take the lead in addressing their own challenges. Evidence increasingly demonstrates that youth leadership and participation in problem identification, and in designing relevant interventions to address the identified challenges, can bring sustainable results. Youth empowerment lies at the centre of such initiatives and makes young people partners, and not beneficiaries, in interventions meant to benefit them. Students And Youths Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Zimbabwe, is a role model of an effective youth-led empowermentinitiative which demonstrates impressive levels of youth participation.

 

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Best Practice Documentation of ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Programmes in Namibia 2011

AIDS Care Trust (ACT), one of the two organisations whose programme is described in this report, implemented programmes in the Khomas and Omusati regions in Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb, Windhoek Rural and Okahao constituencies. A second organisation, the Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) implemented its programme in Khomas region, specifically in Katutura and in the rural town of Dordabis.

Turning the Tide on Gender Based Violence: Best Practices of Organisations Applying the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Model in Southern Africa, SAfAIDS, 2011

This book presents information on nine organisations working in five countries in the region. It highlights the work of these organisations in the hope that the information on processes, strategies and counter-strategies provided will encourage and support other organisations as they implement similar initiatives in other communities, with the ultimate aim of turning the tide of the HIV epidemic, achieving reductions in incidences of gender based violence, and consequently reductions in new HIV infections.

Best Practices on Challenging Gender Dynamics in Cultural Contexts SWANNEPHA and NATICC Implementing the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Programme’ in Swaziland

Best Practices on Challenging Gender Dynamics in Cultural Contexts SWANNEPHA and NATICC Implementing the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Programme’ in Swaziland, SAfAIDS 2011

 

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