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ERIC Number: ED495666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 46
Abstractor: ERIC
Linking EDUCAIDS with Other On-Going Initiatives: An Overview of Opportunities--An Assessment of Challenges
Visser-Valfrey, Muriel
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
This paper was commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to review the linkages and synergies between EDUCAIDS, the UNAIDS Global Initiative on Education and HIV & AIDS, and other initiatives in the field of HIV and AIDS. This paper documents the similarities and differences between EDUCAIDS and selected initiatives, identifies current and potential links, and provides recommendations on how synergies and linkages can be strengthened. The analysis in this review was done on the basis of a document review and interviews with partners from the majority of the initiatives selected by UNESCO for this study. Five kinds of initiatives were reviewed. The first concerns programs that have been put in place with a specific focus on HIV and AIDS. The second includes examples of initiatives with a broader focus (such as promoting sustainable development and enhancing school health) and which, through their activities, address a number of priority areas, including HIV & AIDS and education. The third is constituted by "thematic initiatives" which address HIV and AIDS from a particular defined priority, for example by focusing on children. These initiatives include education as one of their strategies. The fourth kind of initiative concerns frameworks for operation at country level such as the "Three Ones," the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the UN country teams on HIV and AIDS. Finally, the analysis considers the synergies and differences between EDUCAIDS and the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education. The study concludes that EDUCAIDS is seen by most partners as a useful and worthwhile initiative and that its overall focus in many ways complements the on-going work in HIV & AIDS and education, in particular by offering a comprehensive framework for action at country level. In general, the review identifies a need for better communication on EDUCAIDS to ensure clarity on the initiative, and it further identifies potential areas of overlap which EDUCAIDS will need to take into account, especially with respect to work already done through other initiatives in conducting situation analyses and gap analyses as well as in training and support. This paper is divided into seven sections. Following a brief outline of the EDUCAIDS initiative in section two, section three outlines the purpose of this paper while section four summarises the methodology used in this analysis. Section five documents in some detail a number of major initiatives to support comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS. For each of these initiatives, current and potential areas of collaboration with EDUCAIDS are identified. This section includes a summary of recommendations on how to strengthen synergies between the various initiatives. Section six, the final section of the paper, summarises key conclusions and recommendations. Appended are: (1) Terms of Reference; (2) Documentation Consulted; (3) Persons Contacted; and (4) Overview of Major Initiatives. [This report was prepared by UNESCO's Education Sector, Division for the Coordination of UN Priorities in Education, Section on HIV and AIDS.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).; United Nations, Geneva (Switzerland). Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
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