We need to look at HIV/AIDS from different perspectives. Disputes arise in both learning and practical action when we view HIV/AIDS from a single angle. In this note the authors argue that to learn effectively and avoid bias we need to look at HIV/AIDS as both ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’.

They also advise addressing HIV/AIDS as both a health and as a developmental issue; as both an issue to mainstream in external programmes as well as internally in organisations. Looking at HIV/AIDS from different viewpoints – programmes, organisations and context, we can gain and retain perspective. This will help us respond to HIV/AIDS with insight and vision.


Praxis Note 43. Seeing with Perspective: Using 'insider-outsider' dynamics to reflect on the civil society response to HIV/AIDS

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