A DECADE OF RENEWAL: CAPACITY STRENGTHENING & COMMUNICATIONS

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Presentation given at the Sixth RENEWAL Regional Workshop: A decade of work on HIV, food and nutrition security. By Noora-Lisa Aberman

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A DECADE OF RENEWAL: CAPACITY STRENGTHENING & COMMUNICATIONS

  1. 1. A DECADE OF RENEWAL:CAPACITY STRENGTHENING &COMMUNICATIONSby Noora Aberman
  2. 2. CS AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR IMPACT ONPOLICY AND PROGRAMS Convening regional workshops Major presence at international & regional conferences Dissemination of research results through NAPs & other in-country activities Publication of research results Mentoring of graduate students Research collaboration CS modules:  Thematic knowledge  Research methods  Policy communications
  3. 3. HOW CAN WE HAVE IMPACT? “Enlightenment” model (Weiss,1977) Non-linear and complex (Keeley and Scoons, 2000) Iterative policy impact Influencing the policy dialogue
  4. 4. DESIGN Network Structure  promote ownership and support through “In-reach” 3 Pillars: Action Research Policy Capacity Communications Strengthening Various levels & layers: International, regional, national, project specific
  5. 5. REVIEW OF SUCCESSES: COMMUNICATIONS 2005 Durban Conference Influencing international dialogue (UNAIDS, PEPFAR) Mainstreaming importance of ARVs & Nutrition Input into National Strategic Plans Influencing high-level decision makers
  6. 6. REVIEW OF SUCCESSES: CAPACITYSTRENGTHENING Net-Map Workshops: Policy Communications Trainings Impact of training modules with Africa Centre for Food Security
  7. 7. REVIEW OF SUCCESSES: CAPACITYSTRENGTHENING Some applications from the Uganda Net-Map Workshop:“The tools have improved my research supervision skills especiallyfor graduate students on issues that have policy implications. I havealso shared these tools with other research projects that I haveinteracted with such as SABRES funded by NIH.”“(I) developed a series of policy (briefs) which have been found tohave useful information relevant to the re-design of NAADSprogramme.”“Already I have prepared 3 policy briefs with regard to keyprogramme components in my organisation and how we canconsolidate and or strengthen impact to achieve the desiredobjectives.”
  8. 8. LEARNING FOR THE PAST: FUTURESUGGESTIONS Develop strategic communications priorities & action plans for NAPs Strengthening capacity in the art of policy communucations: long-term collaboration for sustained and strategic impact  Partnership with boundary organization?

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