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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.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPreface
close this folderAbout This Guide
View the documentWhy This Guide Was Developed
View the documentWhat This Guide Will Do
View the documentWhat This Guide Will Not Do
View the documentHow This Guide Is Organized
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
close this folderChapter 2 - Networking: What Makes it Work?
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentEight Steps to Building and Sustaining a Network
View the documentStep one: Prepare a Statement of Purpose
View the documentStep two: Define Goals and Objectives
View the documentExamples of Network Statements of Purpose and Goals
View the documentStep three: Create an Action Plan
View the documentStep four: Establish Ground Rules
View the documentStep five: Define a Decision-Making Process
View the documentStep six: Prepare a Communications Plan
View the documentStep seven: Choose an Organizational Structure
View the documentSome Thoughts on How Networks Organize Themselves
View the documentStep eight: Secure Resources
View the documentCrucial Steps in Network Building
close this folderChapter 3 - Change and Challenges
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentSustaining Commitment
View the documentEvaluation
View the documentLetters of Commitment
View the documentResolving Conflict
View the documentResponding to Conflict
View the documentCommunication
close this folderChapter 4 - Other Networking Issues
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentIssue 1 - Mobilizing Resources
View the documentIssue 2 - Electronic Mail and Networking in AIDS
View the documentPersonal Testimonials: E-mail and Networking
close this folderChapter 5 - Governing Body and Staff Issues in Formalized Networks
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentSelecting a Governing Body
View the documentModels for the Structure of the Governing Body
View the documentModel 1: The Working/Administrative Governing Body
View the documentModel 2: Collective
View the documentTips to Help Distinguish Between the Role of the Governing Body and Staff
View the documentBasic Functions of Governing Bodies
View the documentSample Terms of Reference for a Member of a Governing Body
View the documentTerms of Reference for the Governing Body of an Existing AIDS Network
View the documentDefining the Role of Staff
View the documentJob Description of Network Senior Staff Person
close this folderChapter 6 - Lessons Learned About Networking
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentFactors and Conditions Influencing Networking Dynamics
View the documentWhy Networks Fail
View the documentNetworking Issues and Challenges
View the documentAppendix - International HIV/AIDS Related Networks
View the documentInvitation to comment on the HIV/AIDS Networking Guide


Networking in the area of AIDS is increasingly recognized as an essential component of a more effective response to the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, however, little has been written about the lessons learned in building and sustaining a successful network. This is regrettable as networking in the area of AIDS could only be strengthened if networks reflected more on their successes, failures, capacities and weaknesses and shared this information with others.

This chapter presents three articles which examine lessons learned about networking. The first article looks at factors and conditions which influence networking dynamics. The second piece is a summary of an evaluation of an unsuccessful network of indigenous people in Asia. It is included here as the lessons learned from this experience are also applicable to AIDS networks. The final article, written specifically for the Guide, is a reflection on the major challenges that must be addressed in the development of a network.

The articles in this chapter look at:

Factors and Conditions Influencing Networking Dynamics;
Why Networks Fail; and

Networking Issues and Challenges.