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Community Engagement: Documenting strategies of the Australian Partnerships with African Communities Program partners

May 13, 2014

The Australian Partnerships with African Communities (APAC) Program set out for men and women in 132 southern African communities to lead their own development, to address the impacts of HIV and AIDS, to have increased food security, and to secure access to basic social services. Structurally, the APAC program had three objectives:Achieve food sovereignty and security through building community capacityBuild a network to improve the quality of the responses to HIV and AIDSCreate a more enabling environment for HIV and AIDS programs.This report explores theoretical approaches to community development focusing on community engagement, and highlights emerging best practice in community entry strategies for HIV and sustainable livelihood development projects. It considers community engagement strategies undertaken by the seven partners working on the APAC program in South Africa and Mozambique and identifies the approaches that they use; sections highlight the strengths and challenges encountered in their strategies, and discuss common trends that have emerged from a study of the various approaches.The report also provides lessons and recommendations that emerge from the findings to inform further community engagement practice.

Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre: Gender HIV/AIDS analysis

May 13, 2014

The Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre (Community Centre) in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, aims to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by providing services, support, and training to enable this community to claim their rights to equality, dignity, and freedom within the context of transformation. The Community Centre is one of the civil society initiatives supported by the Joint Oxfam HIV/AIDS Program (JOHAP) in South Africa. JOHAP contracted an external researcher and an academic to undertake an HIV and AIDS gender analysis of the Community Centre's work in relation to their beneficiary communities. The analysis draws out key lessons on how the Community Centre approaches gender and HIV/AIDS, and how these are incorporated into the Community Centre's work. The report documents valuable experience informing work on gender mainstreaming in the field of HIV/AIDS.This document is one of a number of publications highlighting learning during the second phase of JOHAP (April 2002-March 2005).