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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Leadership training boosts AIDS response in Senegal


Aids Alliance

More than eighty people have received leadership training through an initiative of the Alliance Nationale Contre le Sida (ANCS), the Senegalese linking organisation of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

The ongoing programme aims to strengthen the capacity of ANCS’s partner organisations and groups from other sectors heavily affected by HIV. It is hoped this will increase the level of engagement, efficiency and performance of those involved in the response to AIDS in Senegal.

Training was carried out in partnership with the Association Leadership et Citoyennete (ALC), an organisation that brings together international coaches in transformational leadership. Financial support came from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Specific objectives of the programme included strengthening leadership, promoting a sense of ownership of the national response to HIV, and encouraging the formation of new partnerships.

Training took place over three sessions in July and October 2008 and January 2009, each of which lasted three days. The gaps between sessions allowed participants to adapt the skills learnt and apply them in their work.

The first session taught how to nurture leadership talents, with participants identifying which skills could help them achieve challenging goals. In the second session, participants learnt how to develop initiative and activities to bring about change. The final session aimed to strengthen participants’ capacity to make their results sustainable.

The training was based on adult education, evaluation of experiences, and participation. It involved presentations, individual reflection, and group work followed by plenary discussions.

The programme will continue with a training of trainers session.