Mobilising a response to HIV, gender, youth and gender-based violence in South Africa

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Mobilising a response to HIV, gender, youth and gender-based violence in South Africa – Resources


U.S. Agency for International Development

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01 Sep 2015

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17 May 2016

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During the course of the implementation of the Sexual HIV Prevention Project (SHIPP), a survey was conducted to determine the HIV, gender and youth-related training needs of programme implementers working at local and district level in municipal and district structures and community organisations.

The study found that knowledge to support programme implementation varied among staff within organisations. Training was typically received on a once-off basis, without followthrough. While training curricula addressed aspects of HIV, gender and youth, these did not sufficiently align with organisational needs or work practice.

A continuous knowledge gap was observed within organisations as a result of reliance on procuring external training or only being able to access training when it was offered by external organisations. Furthermore, when training did occur, it did not reach all staff in need, and staff turnover contributed to a continuous need for additional training. Study participants indicated an interest in continuous training, with a preference for participatory learning approaches.

This toolkit has been developed to support ‘in-house’ training on gender, HIV, youth and community mobilisation that can be implemented by senior staff and programme managers, including project coordinators, trainers, and field workers. Modules on a range of topics are designed to be selected based on the needs of the organisation and the specific knowledge gaps among staff and volunteers.

The following topic areas are covered through exercises that are grouped into modules.

  • Gender
  • Gender and HIV
  • Gender, HIV and youth
  • Community mobilization approaches, particularly Community Action Teams

Rather than having to set aside large blocks of time for training workshops, exercises and modules can be conducted on a stand-alone basis through sessions as short as two to three hours, or, if time permits, over a day or several days, or intermittently over a number of weeks or months.

Given that senior staff and programme managers are not necessarily skilled trainers, the toolkit provides a detailed outline of the key principles and techniques of participatory learning.