Asian NGO Adopt A Strengths Based Approach


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Asian NGO Adopt A Strengths Based Approach

  1. 1. AIDS Competence in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia A sian NGOs adopt a strength-based approach to let community take the issue of HIV in their own hands
  2. 2. <ul><li>Project with the Asian Development Bank </li></ul><ul><li>(mid-2007 to mid-2009) </li></ul><ul><li>In 6 Asian countries (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand) </li></ul><ul><li>437 facilitators trained and 543 communities are striving for AIDS Competence </li></ul><ul><li>The Constellation </li></ul><ul><li>We work with communities through the AIDS Competence Process (ACP) </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate, support and transfer community response around the world </li></ul>So… what happened?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Care </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation </li></ul>Ownership
  4. 4. Another way of thinking Community has problems, needs help <ul><ul><li>Community has capacity to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>respond </li></ul></ul>We help, teach, and provide to the community <ul><ul><li>We listen, learn to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>understand the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>better and facilitate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>responses </li></ul></ul>We identify problems and respond to needs <ul><ul><li>We reveal strengths </li></ul></ul>Community does not feel ownership <ul><ul><li>Community feels ownership </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Another way of working <ul><li>Facilitation teams support the spread of AIDS Competence </li></ul><ul><li>They build on the strengths of communities </li></ul><ul><li>They work as a SALT team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S : Stimulate, Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A : Appreciate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L : Listen, Learn, Link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T : Transfer, Team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They support communities to become AIDS Competent </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methods and tools <ul><li>Promote and facilitate local ownership: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SALT visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dream building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After Action Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer assist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>« Projects will come and go but I’m confident that this approach will last. » (Father Joe, India) </li></ul><ul><li>“ ACP helped destroy the old way of working, especially among those working in various agencies and helped them open up more”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It promotes tremendous sharing and learning in communities” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ACP helps people see their own capacities. They no longer need anyone to tell them who should do what. It stimulates people to want to improve themselves”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The villagers told me I’d changed. I used to work the sausage way: trying to stuff all kinds of things into the community. And I used to talk a lot. Now, I am listening more, reflect more, and encourage the villagers to reflect and to express themselves more” (Anuwat, Thailand) </li></ul>What NGOs think about the AIDS Competence Process
  8. 8. <ul><ul><ul><li>Open discussions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community self assessed their own strengths and what to improve in their response to HIV/AIDS, developed their own action plans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People identify and address their vulnerabilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change in the way of working </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People measure their own progress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communities mobilize their own and external resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved situation of PLHIV and affected people </li></ul></ul></ul>Results in communities
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