Helping NGOs respond to HIV in the workplace is not easy. It places high demands on the facilitators. They need to know about national and international labour laws, the costs and benefits of critical choices in HIV policy – in short to be an expert on HIV policy content issues. But they also have to be experts on organisational change processes. This is rare and demanding skill set.
SAfAIDS has learnt from their extensive experience with more than 70 organisations across Southern Africa, that to assist clients effectively develop a policy response to HIV requires:
- expert technical assistance and advice on policy choices that is integrated with SADC and ILO Codes, and to their own national labour laws and polices
- a participatory process with wide consultation within the organisation
- management commitment to both development and implementation
- Include families of employees and surrounding communities in workplace programmes.
Praxis Note 42 - Experts in HIV Content and OD Process - Ngoni Chibukire, SAfAIDS, Zimbabwe