Conducted on behalf of: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Commenced: August 2012
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance provides help to communities in their struggles to meet the challenges of AIDS. The Alliance supports thousands of projects in communities all over the world, reaching millions of people.
The Alliance adopts a policy of “community systems strengthening”, which focuses on the provision of HIV treatment services through smaller community organisations, rather than national health systems. A community-focused approach has several advantages, and generally reaches out more effectively to marginalised or stigmatised people.
The Alliance sought a qualified consultant to undertake research on community mobilisation efforts in general.
Objectives of the project
The consultant aims to undertake a desk review of existing evidence on the social, health and political benefits of community mobilisation. On the basis of this evidence, the consultant would refine the Alliance’s models and theories of change relating to community mobilisation. The project also involves documenting the efforts of other actors working towards social justice, empowerment of people living with HIV, access to care, support and treatment, political accountability, public health and community development. Through analysis of this documentation, an instructive picture would emerge of the evolution and growth of community mobilisation projects, and related social movements, in the last 20 years.
Flora Cornish is a Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methodology in the Department of Methodology Institute, and is affiliated with the Department of Social Psychology.