Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Alliance helps groups document AIDS work in Asia

2
FEB
2009

Aids Alliance

Representatives from organisations responding to AIDS in Asia learned how to record and share their experiences at a workshop held in Manila on 9-12 December.

Nineteen people from five countries took part in the training run by the regional Alliance Technical Support Hub in partnership with TSF Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Although many non-governmental and community organisations in Asia have developed effective responses to AIDS, their achievements are rarely documented. The lack of proper reporting is a barrier to winning more funding and expanding successful projects.

The workshop in Manila took a practical approach to developing writing skills. Participants reported that the training was very helpful.

“I learned how to structure a case study and the importance of each section,” said one. “This writeshop learning will hopefully contribute to documenting my organisation’s projects not only in HIV but in all others as well since documentation and popularisation of the completed projects is neglected.”

The four-day workshop began with an exchange of ideas on what makes good documentation and why it is important. Participants where taught how to structure a case study before being helped to write a draft report of their own.

On the final day, all drafts were shared within the group so the writers could review each other’s work. Participants then took these documents home for discussion within their organisations.