C-Change Regional End of Project Meeting in South Africa on SBCC Capacity Strengthening
C-Change hosted the regional end of project meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 18-19, 2012. This meeting brought together C-Change staff and partners–Ohio University, Soul City, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits); new implementation partners AfriComNet and the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT); partners from Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda; and government officials from Swaziland, Namibia, and Nigeria. Also in attendance was USAID staff from Washington DC and the region, FHI 360 staff, and people from other organizations in South Africa and the region. (Posters and presentations can be viewed and downloaded - visit South Africa Event.)
The two-day meeting focused on the accomplishments of C-Change in SBCC capacity strengthening and operations research. Day one of the meeting highlighted the sharing of lessons learned during the development and roll out of the various SBCC capacity strengthening tools such as the SBCC Capacity Strengthening training tools and the successes and challenges of establishing an SBCC Center of Excellence at the University of Witwatersrand. Day two centered on panel discussions aimed at examining operational research findings on adult women and HIV prevention in South Africa and Namibia, and the experience in developing and rolling out community engagement toolkits such as the Community Conversation Toolkit for HIV prevention (in several language versions for use with diverse cultures across southern Africa), a toolkit promoting Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision capacity building in Kenya, and tools developed for use with key affected populations, including men who have sex with men and sex workers, in Namibia and Jamaica.
The participants also discussed the development and use of C-Change’s tools: C-Modules, SBCC Capacity Assessment Tools, and C-Change’s experience in SBCC capacity strengthening efforts in Namibia, Swaziland, Nigeria, and other countries in Africa.
In addition to showcasing the products and lessons learned, numerous interactive panel discussions and poster sessions allowed participants, collaborating organizations and country representatives an opportunity to engage in discussion and debate regarding how best to utilize the various tools developed by the C-Change project and to exchange SBCC capacity strengthening experiences of country-level representatives working with multiple government agencies and civil society organizations.