SAfAIDS' Strategic Partner Portfolio and the Capacity Building Approach
SAfAIDS partnership approach involves working through identified Strategic Partners who will contribute to a multiplier effect. The capacity building approach involves strengthening the ability of partners to provide SAfAIDS' products and services to Grassroots Communities, ensuring continuity of services and thus sustainability. SAfAIDS implements its activities through collaborative alliances: increasing diversity, uniqueness and synergy; thereby promoting learning and sharing in a complementary and sustainable manner.
Products Piloting Partners
SAfAIDS is not an implementing organization, but works through selected partners to pilot tools that informs HIV and AIDS material production and programming. SAfAIDS works in partnership to develop new tools to test HIV and AIDS information gaps as part of its evidence based approach to material development. Example is the Seke Rural Home-based Care partner in Zimbabwe who is participating in the community a project on mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into cultural practices using community dialogues. The partner is the key implementing organization on the ground while SAfAIDS offers technical and financial support. Such an arrangement gives SAfAIDS an opportunity to reach the Seke community with relevant HIV and AIDS information without going directly and to be able to assess the impact of the information disseminated. This approach has improved SAfAIDS ability to collect evidence-based information from the community, rollout information packages to the communities and build the capacity of the NGO in conducting baseline assessments, information production, dissemination and monitoring and evaluation. Once documented the project is shared as a best practices in the region and the NGO partner is profiled in the process. Such projects are most likely to be sustainable, as they remain the on-going work of the partner.
SAfAIDS works with academic and research institutions to understand the evolving dynamics of the epidemic, through commissioning operational research studies, piloting tools of pertinent issues such as understanding the role of circumcision, gender, concurrent relationships and other drivers of the epidemic. This allows the organization to develop, generate and disseminate evidence- based cutting edge information to inform HIV and AIDS programming. Technical partners are universities and Research institutions.
Scale Out Partners
SAfAIDS' goal is to ensure that evidence based HIV and AIDS information is used as a catalyst tool for behaviour change to reach targeted populations. SAfAIDS works with regional bodies and multi-country networks and organizations with internal capacity to distribute information for wider reach and organize in-country platforms for debates and policy analyses. The distribution hub partners and satellite resource centres ensure a wider distribution of information products.
The second group of scale out partners include thematic partners in Home-based care for treatment literacy programs, youth networks to reach out to young people, women's organizations to reach out to women and OVC organizations to reach out to orphans and vulnerable populations. The work with such partners involves a cascading approach to information dissemination with a strong component of capacity building to the partner on how to use the information tools produced by SAfAIDS.
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