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close this bookHIV/AIDS Networking Guide - A comprehensive resource for individuals and organisations who wish to build, strengthen or sustain a network (International Council of AIDS Service Organisations, 1997, 48 p.)
close this folderChapter 1 - Networking for a More Effective Response To HIV and AIDS
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentWhat Do We Mean by Networking?
View the documentCharacteristics of a Network
View the documentWhat Are the Benefits of Networking?
View the documentWhy Network?
View the documentNetwork Activities
View the documentOrganizational Features of AIDS Networks
View the documentThe ICASO Story
View the documentPHA Involvement in AIDS Networks
View the documentEnsuring the Inclusion of People with HIV/AIDS In AIDS Networks
View the documentNetworking for Mutual Support

Characteristics of a Network

Most networks have some or all of the following characteristics. They are:

a group of organizations and/or individuals who come together to pursue joint goals or common interests;

venues for social action through exchange and mutual learning;

sustained through some form of communication;

committed to a jointly developed structure and shared responsibility; and

they are based on member-ownership and commitment to shared objectives and means of action.