A community-driven guide to meaningful involvement in national responses to HIV
Working Together is a guide to increase and improve the meaningful involvement of the community sector in all aspects of national responses to HIV, with an emphasis on national planning and decision-making processes.
Working Together is based on the understanding and evidence that community sectors have a vital role to play in action on HIV. However, communities often benefit from practical support and the exchange of ideas to strengthen their coordination, consultation and representation.
This guide was developed through a partnership of three lead organizations: ICASO, African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO) and theInternational HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance). It was originally developed as “Coordinating with Communities” in 2007 and focused on the “Three Ones”– the key framework for national responses to HIV at the time. The guide was tested and further developed in a number of countries.
In 2014, Coordinating with Communities was updated and re-named “Working Together” to include the many changes in relation to funding patterns, policy priorities and scientific developments that have taken place in the area of HIV. The guide has also undergone some changes, for example to include more case studies from real life community sectors. The updates and changes are informed by the experiences of the three lead organizations and their many partners throughout the world. The updated information is also informed by the current frameworks and processes for national action on HIV. These include: National Strategic Plans on AIDS; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; National Health Strategies; National Social and Economic Development Plans; and Post-Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agendas.
Importantly, Working Together does not start from scratch. Instead, it brings together the many existing tools, kits and guidelines developed by a wide range of groups and organizations involved in HIV and related areas. These are used and referenced throughout the guide.