Sharing best practices from as far apart as Addis Ababa and Cape Town!

Since its formation, the Foundation has funded over 1,400 initiatives, partnering with over 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS epidemic. That adds up to a tremendous amount of expertise and experience—all of which we work to capture and amplify, by facilitating roundtable exchanges between our partner organizations.

Donated Aeroplan Miles make it possible for representatives from our partner organizations to collaborate with one another, and to share best practices with each other from as far apart as Addis Ababa and Cape Town. Importantly, this kind of exchange is always most effective when our partners have the chance to meet with one another face-to-face, to discuss everything from home-based care, to reaching orphans and vulnerable children, to the role that libraries play in building resilience and hope in AIDS-ravaged communities!

In addition to our efforts to enable this kind of routine collaboration between our partner organizations through roundtable exchanges, the Foundation recently launched a Peer Mentorship Initiative, designed to generate new knowledge and integrate African-developed methodologies that target the health and wellbeing of the communities most affected by HIV & AIDS. As part of this initiative, pairs of community-based organizations partnered with the Foundation are given an opportunity to partner with each other, in an effort to harness their shared expertise and channel it to support a stronger, more vibrant and better-networked community-based response.

Capacity-building initiatives like these fuel our collaborations with our partner organizations, and make sure that the most innovative responses to HIV & AIDS are deployed far and wide! Like so much of our work, these crucial opportunities for knowledge-sharing simply could not be accomplished without the Aeroplan Miles our supporters so generously contribute. 

Posted by: The Stephen Lewis Foundation on February 17, 2015.