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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Good participatory practice guidelines for biomedical HIV prevention trials - UNAIDS and AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), 2007.
These Good participatory practice guidelines for biomedical HIV prevention rials will be of use to civil society groups in their advocacy for well conducted clinical trials. Although not addressed specifi cally, those engaged in trials of new therapeutics, such as antiretroviral medications or treating HIV-related disease, or in HIV prevention trials assessing behavioural or other HIV prevention modalities may find them relevant.
UK Consortium on on AIDS and International Development Working Group on Orphans and Vulnerable Children and DFID, Symposium on Sharing Best Practices in Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming Workshop Report, , November 2004.
The aim of this symposium was to share experiences and programme approaches among practitioners working with orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS and their carers. There were presentations to highlight lessons learnt and best practice related to the five approaches identified in 'The Framework for the Protection of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Living in a World with HIV and AIDS.' The presentations facilitated discussion and assisted with identifying approaches, which
can be scaled up and replicated.
Summary booklet of Best Practices in Africa . Issue 2 of the Summary Booklet series, UNAIDS 2000
Identifying practices around the world that work in responding to the AIDS pidemic, and examining how and why they work, is one of the UNAIDS Secretariat's main tasks. UNAIDS and its cosponsors promote the sharing of these practices, including through such means as documentation and widespread distribution of the lessons learned.
The concept of Best Practice is not reserved for "ultimate truths" or "gold tandards." For UNAIDS, Best Practice means accumulating and applying nowledge about what is working and not working in different situations and contexts. In other words, it is both the lessons learned and the continuing process of learning, feedback, reflection, and analysis (what works, how and why, and so forth).
In order to strengthen the member organisations' use of the Best Practice approach both as a tool and as a process, the two networks entered into a joint venture in 2003. One of the main components was the commissioning of a study to produce an overview of the relevance of Best Practices in international development work, as well as a discussion of how the concept of Best Practices can be meaningfully applied to practical program interventions of Danish NGOs and their South partners in their work on HIV/AIDS and children and youth.
D'Adamo, Margaret; Kols, Adrienne, 2005. A Tool for Sharing Internal Best Pracices. USAID Info Project