Knowledge Exchange Forums
HIV Policy action established a series of learning partnerships known as Knowledge Exchange Forums, which have met three times each in Tanzania and Uganda and twice in South Africa. These KEFs have been attended by between 35 to 60 participants in each case. In Tanzania and Uganda, the KEFs attracted a combination of public sector, civil society as well as academic participants whereas in South Africa the focus was more heavily on civil society organisations and their engagement with the state. In saying this, the first South African KEF was attended by senior officials from the South African National AIDS Commission (SANAC). While the earlier KEFs in Tanzania and Uganda to a lesser extent were mainly attended by mid-ranking officials, later KEFs drew a much more senior level participation, both as participants as well as contributors. This engagement now allows the project partners to follow up with key public officials at a very senior level.
In terms of content, the KEFs generally combined presentations by the PhD students supported by the project alongside presentations from key public sector and/or civil society partners. For example, at the June 2016 KEF in Uganda a rich presentation was delivered by Mr. Baram Namanya, Director of the Community Health Alliance in Uganda.
While the KEFs in Tanzania and Uganda were organised by the project partners, in South Africa an additional and very successful collaboration was developed with the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) to host the event in parallel with the AIDS 2016 conference.