Local level responses to HIV/AIDS have often been overlooked, yet many of the most successful responses to the epidemic have been led at community level. CADRE conducts research into the role played by grassroots and civil society action in response to HIV/AIDS as well as the relationship between community organisations, funding bodies, national and local government structures, and other institutions involved with AIDS response strategies.
We provide independent perspectives into national and provincial HIV/AIDS policies, donor strategies, and prevailing discourses about AIDS response in terms of their engagement with and attention to community-level impacts and activities. In addition to the projects described below, we have carried out research and evaluations for government departments, private foundations and other donor institutions on support for community organisations and community systems.
Key projects include:
- Monitoring of civil society access to AIDS funding in six southern African countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zambia) with support from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).
- Developing case studies profiling innovative local-level funding and coordination models in South Africa in cooperation with the Performance Evaluation and Policy Unit of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
- Conducting research into community-level support for families and children affected by HIV/AIDS in three South African communities as part of the Mobilising Caring Communities project.
- Analysis of responses to HIV/AIDS by Faith Based Organisations in South Africa drawing on the national HIV/AIDS database in partnership with HIVAN.
- Analysis of local level responses to HIV/AIDS in three South African communities.