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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

Why Network?

The following is a reflection on the value of networking in AIDS work by Elizabeth Reid, former director, HIV and Development Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the process of creating these networks, we are learning that they are fragile entities, difficult to get established and to sustain. They require much commitment and patience from their members, particularly their founding members. But we are also learning that they form an essential part of the community response to the epidemic. Without them, people are often merely told what others think they should do. With them, we can strengthen the process of questioning, reflection and learning. They are the places in which an individual in search of help can go, spaces in which communities can seek to understand how, wisely and humanely, they can respond.

Source: “Networks on Ethics, Law and HIV: Providing a Framework for Difficult Discussions,” in Newsletter of the African Network on Ethics, Law and HIV, No. 1, June 1996.