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Community conversations : empowering community action on HIV/AIDS

CHAAVA, Thebisa
DIOUF, Daouda

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This is the recording of a session on Community Conversations methodology presented at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto. [From rapporteur report - IAS] This skills-building session was intended to reinforce the capacity within individuals and communities to better understand the nature of epidermic, to reflect on individual experiences and to initiate changes to respond effectively. It also highlighted ways in which lesson learned from one project can be transferred to another community. Diouda Siouf from Senegal shared on the importance of finding ways in which people can work in the community effectively. These included being sensitive to the community, use of facilitation approach rather than intervention by experts, mutual learning and inclusion of all community members in the project cycle. It was noted that use of community conversation mostly does not require funds. The use of community conversation in Cambodia has helped in educating the community in different issues such as HIV/AIDS. The session was experiential and participatory and worked through a "community conversation" exercise. It was extremely emotional since the participants had to share their own experiences and views of HIV in the role plays during the session

Upscaling Community Conversations in Ethiopia 2004 : unleashing capacities of communities for the HIV/AIDS response


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This document focuses on the Community Conversations (CC) process - a component of UNDP's Leadership for Results Programme - in Ethiopia, and outlines both key aspects of the methodology and key results from its implementation in Alaba, SNNPR and Yabelo, Oromiya. The approach, using the expertise of skilled facilitators, aims to encourage people to talk openly to each other about the implications of HIV and AIDS in their communities, and to rethink cultural norms, community values and health behaviours in their relations to the disease. Some early results from Community Conversations include: communities taking responsibility for their own prevention; communities discontinuing traditional practices found to be harmful in the context of HIV and AIDS; communities able to influence local governments; communities using their own social resources to support children affected by AIDS, and orphans in particular; communities sharing their learning with other communities. The document outlines a strategy for upscaling community conversations, and looks in particular at issues around implementation and coordination, funding and mechanisms to address needs that may be identified during the CC process

Evaluation of UNDP's Community Capacity Enhancement Intervention


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This is a brief summary of the findings of an evaluation exercise of the UNDP's Community Capacity Enhancement Intervention in Ethiopia. It gives a clear indication that the Community Conversations methodology has been instrumental in bringing into existence HIV/AIDS-related behavioral change processes and outcomes that had not existed in the target communities prior to its introduction

Developing materials on HIV/AIDS/STIs for low-literate audiences

December 2002

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This manual provides a comprehensive methodology for developing materials for a low-literate audience in the context of a behaviour change communication program. It demonstrates the process of learning about target populations using qualitative research methodologies, developing effective messages with thir input, and crafting visual messages to support the overall HIV and AIDS program. Involving the target population and stakeholders in the development process is key to ensuring high-quality effective print materials. Finally, the guide outlines the process for rigorous pretesting to ensure that the information and issues are understood by the population groups that programs are trying to reach and influence. It can be adapted and used to develop audio-visual materials or materials for other target groups

Dialogue : expanding the response to HIV/AIDS. A resource guide

ANKRAH, Maxine E

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This resource guide provides..." information and guidance to organizations and individuals who wish to explore or use dialogue as a strategy in HIV/AIDS prevention programming...The unique contribution of this resource package is that it attempts to reach a new and diverse audience, introducing gender as a concept that is integral to effective dialogue. Finally, it provides guidelines for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the strategy

Making prevention work : global lessons learned from the AIDS control and prevention (AIDSCAP) project 1991-1997


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Documents the experience of one of the world’s largest international HIV/AIDS prevention projects, which was implemented by FHI and its partners in 45 countries. It describes lessons learned during AIDSCAP, with examples and project profiles, in ten technical and programmatic areas: behaviour change communication, improving prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, prevention marketing, policy development, behavioral research, evaluation, gender and HIV/AIDS, management, AIDS care and support, and cross-border interventions

Problem-posing HIV/AIDS/STD education : learning = critical thinking

SIA, Jean

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Behaviour change is more likely when learning activities require people to analyse actively and critically their own values and behaviours. This article describes an eight step workshop that can help those responsible for HIV/AIDS education programmes to develop problem-posing, participatory educational activities based on critical thinking


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