The C4D Network, through its consultancy channel, is managing a UNAIDS project focusing on the use of ICTs for HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming: with a special focus on developing a repository and learning community that enables universal access to content, research results and technology solutions of the many innovative and successful ICT projects that exist to engage young people on matters related to their sexuality and provide information about available HIV and SRH services for young people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Case Study Repository: As part of the project the C4D Network is hosting a universal-access library of case studies including full technical details on a range of ICT relevant software and content. Click here to visit the repository.
Context: On 27th-29th November 2015, the C4D Network’s East Africa Hub participated in a meeting on ‘Exploring the Role of New Information and Communications Technology in HIV Programmes with Youth and Adolescents in Africa,’ which took place in Harare, Zimbabwe. The meeting was a consultation with African countries, including representatives of innovative projects using ICT targeting adolescents and young people, the private sector, communications experts, national AIDS programmes, young people organizations and UN representatives, and intended to establish recommendations for developing this field of activity. This was part of a C4D Network project in which eleven in-depth case studies on the topic were gathered, published online, and showcased at events in Harare and London. This concept note proposes how such knowledge sharing can continue.
One of the key ‘next steps’ arising from the Harare meeting discussions was the need for an accessible repository of materials for such interventions, as captured in the Executive Summary of the meeting report:
‘Programmes would benefit greatly from efficient knowledge management through a repository that enables universal access to content, research results and technology solutions of the many innovative and successful projects that exist. The Communication for Development (C4D) Network is ideally placed to facilitate the establishment of such a repository.’
(Information and Communications Technologies: 2015 Meeting Report’, UNAIDS/UNICEF/UNFPA, p.4)