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Tackling AIDS and TB through Communications and Information Technologies (TACIT)

2
NOV
2009

Aids Alliance

An ambitious project is underway to improve civil society engagement in HIV/AIDS and TB responses in Africa, through ICT-based knowledge sharing and learning.

Tackling AIDS and TB through Communications and Information Technologies (TACIT) is a two year project funded by the European Commission, which started in September. It will focus on Southern and Eastern African sub regions and programme activities will be implemented in four countries: Zambia, Namibia, Uganda and Kenya.

The Alliance, the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), the Eastern African National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO), and AIDSPortal will work with a host of local, national and international partners to develop essential tools, processes and skills for HIV and TB stakeholders, building capacity for effective participation in the response to HIV/AIDS and TB.

‘The Alliance is extremely pleased to be involved in this project, in light of the very important role ICT plays in helping communities and marginalised groups apply relevant, timely and easily accessible information to address the many problems HIV/AIDS brings to Eastern and Southern Africa regions,’ said Sam McPherson, Associate Director of Field Programmes at the Alliance.

‘This EU funded project will stimulate community dialogue which is a key principle in mobilising communities to be agents for social and policy change.’

Main activities under this project include:

  • Strengthening and supporting National Partnership Platforms as a mechanism through which community based organisations (CBOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs) come together to analyse national responses and define priority advocacy issues.
  • Building two regional ICT platforms that enable knowledge production and sharing, election of representatives and consultation with constituencies in eastern and southern Africa.
  • Developing the capacity of communities in ICT, policy and advocacy and documentation.

The regional ICT platforms will enhance regional and global linkages and information flows. A user will, for example, be able to search from one location, information housed in a number of linked databases, websites and resource centre catalogues. Registered users will be able to upload content from any location. The platform will initially be in English but will incorporate other languages in future.

The long-term objective of the project is strengthened national responses with a strong, civil society supported by self-sustaining, nationally-owned information, dialogue and advocacy processes.