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Presentation Power Of Inbetween S Af Aids


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Research brokers and intermediaries in different sectors and contexts: HIV/AIDS

Presentation by Sarah Page, Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfaids) at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference July 08

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Presentation Power Of Inbetween S Af Aids

  1. 1. Bringing it Together Sara Page Deputy Director Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service
  2. 2. <ul><li>Recognising the challenges with regard to information: </li></ul><ul><li> Credibility and reliability </li></ul><ul><li> Access </li></ul><ul><li> Applicability and Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Yet…noting all the potential opportunities available through new/modern technologies- there is a need to create a system/platform to ‘bring it together’ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A system that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using available and upcoming tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds on existing capacities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthens partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes information- available, accessible and open to diverse stakeholders. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. National Partnership Platforms <ul><li>National partnership platforms provide a mechanism for collaboration and a means of harnessing the energies of civil society organisations contributing to an effective response to HIV and tuberculosis (TB). </li></ul><ul><li>Function as collaborative arrangements aimed at enhancing performance and achieving measurable improvements in the national response to HIV and TB. </li></ul><ul><li>Focused objectives ( for information sharing and advocacy) outlined at the outset, and partners must commit to supporting and contributing to their realisation. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Partners Zimbabwe; Partners Zambia </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Key principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local ownership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusivity </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Regional Vision <ul><li>Bringing together national platforms into a regional platform </li></ul><ul><li>With strong national platforms, there can be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved Inter-country learning and sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stronger regional advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear links to global processes and strategic opportunities (Global fund, PCB etc) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Regional Platform <ul><li>Draws on: </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue – efora ( email/website/mobile) </li></ul><ul><li>Links to country platforms- partners </li></ul><ul><li>Key documents online- portal/resource centre </li></ul><ul><li>Up-to-date news- portal/resource centre </li></ul><ul><li>Events and Contacts - portal/resource centre </li></ul><ul><li>Regional advocacy issues- policy dialogues/discussion fora </li></ul>
  8. 9. Regional National Partners Zimbabwe National Partners Zambia National South Africa AIDS Portal National Partners Lesotho National Partners Namibia
  9. 10. Progressing Toward Improved Information Exchange <ul><li>Building partnerships takes time </li></ul><ul><li>Resources required </li></ul><ul><li>New technology emerging </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing capacity development </li></ul>