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Another way to learn : case studies

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION
2007

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These case studies come from an initiative that supports non-formal education projects in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. The long-term goal of these projects is to develop sustainable livelihoods for low-income, low-literate populations by addressing vulnerability to HIV and AIDS and drug misuse, a lack of education and social exclusion. Central to all of these projects are the creative and innovative methods used to communicate in a meaningful way, engage people and encourage their participation. The projects all focus on capacity building, empowerment, and creating learning opportunities. A DVD has been produced to accompany this publication

Community conversations : empowering community action on HIV/AIDS

CHAAVA, Thebisa
DIOUF, Daouda
Eds
2006

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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

Community capacity enhancement handbook : the answer lies within

GUEYE, Moustapha
et al
2005

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This manual draws on the experience and practice of the UNDP Community Capacity Enhancement programme, known as CCE. The programme addresses the underlying causes of HIV/AIDS, including power relations, gender issues, stigma or discrimination. The programme makes extensive use of the Community Conversations methodology - an interactive and systematic dialogue with the community - as a means to policy making participation and action. This manual is designed for CCE trainers who will train others in the Community Conversations methodology, in addition to practising it themselves. Community Conversations provide a platform for people to think through all the repercussions of a situation, and the way their individual values and behaviours, and those of their family and neighbors, affect people's lives. Community Conversations create a space for mutual learning and result in new perspectives. They help reshape relationships in line with transformed values. They are inclusive processes for enhancing the capacity of all. If successfully facilitated, Community Conversations result in a series of decisions and agreements on ways to move a community forward. The development of skilled facilitators is therefore critical to successful implementation. This is a comprehensive resource, written in a very accessible language. The methodology can be easily adapted and applied to a variety of contexts

Community capacity enhancement strategy note : the answer lies within

GUEYE, Moustapha
et al
2005

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Th is publication outlines the rationale and strategy behind the UNPD Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) programme and provides a guide for its implementation. The programme is an integral part of UNDP's Leadership for Results programme and is based on a methodology known as Community Conversations. The CCE programme is aimed at dealing with the underlying causes of HIV/AIDS, be they power relations, gender issues, stigma or discrimination. Most community methodologies rightly focus on awareness-raising and discussion; CCE focuses heavily on interactive dialogue on the epidemic's deeper causes and, through a facilitated process, community decision-making and action. The note also contains implementation guidelines and describes key steps in facilitating Community Conversations

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

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
2004

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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

Girls' education in Kenya

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
October 2003

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In January 2003 the Government of Kenya announced the introduction of free primary education. There are still wide gender disparities in some regions but overall children aged 5-8 now have greater access to primary education with girls enrolment at 69% and boys at 68%. Pre-school education age 3-5 years is also occurring within Kenya and pre-school enrolment rate is at 40%. UNICEF is working, among other things, to strengthen education on HIV/AIDS prevention and the care of orphans, and to promote an integrated approach to the implementation of ECD, HIV/AIDS and formal primary and non-formal education sub-projects

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