Scaling Up Peer Education from an NGO perspective

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1. Scaling Up Peer Education from an NGO perspective Jerry Aurah, Youth Coordinator National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) - a Kenyan NGO Now that Charles has given some information about PE, the situation in South Africa building a national program with large government and donor support, I’ll talk about scaling up PE from an NGO perspective – and really a community level approach to supporting PE through existing NGOs. I’m Jerry … I do Now that Charles has given some information about PE, the situation in South Africa building a national program with large government and donor support, I’ll talk about scaling up PE from an NGO perspective – and really a community level approach to supporting PE through existing NGOs. I’m Jerry … I do

2. Background Soaring HIV prevalence in Kenya State of Peer Education Demand from donors – some funding available Lack of capacity in the field No standard curriculum Awareness fatigue No behavior change strategy in place No policy in peer education Describe the situation before NOPE was created in 2000. What was happening? Locally, policy-wise, epidemic, anything you think is relevant to youth PE Talk about your personal experience in the field – what did you see from good programs, youth desire, community involvement … etc. Describe the situation before NOPE was created in 2000. What was happening? Locally, policy-wise, epidemic, anything you think is relevant to youth PE Talk about your personal experience in the field – what did you see from good programs, youth desire, community involvement … etc.

3. Goal: Institutionalize peer-centered approaches in programs Mission: Build capacity of organizations and communities to manage and sustain peer-centered programs Talk about evidence – which we will hear about – knowing the context in Kenya and that interpersonal communication IS needed for behavior change. A non-governmental organization formed in 2000 that provides professional services to companies, NGOs and community groups which sprung from within the IMPACT Project of Family Health International. The goal of NOPE was to institutionalize peer-centered HIV/AIDS, and other health and social programs in workplaces, NGOs and CBOs. Our own mission was to build capacity of organizations and communities to manage and sustain peer-centered programs that address health and social needs while ensuring stakeholders’ and employees’ satisfaction. Talk about evidence – which we will hear about – knowing the context in Kenya and that interpersonal communication IS needed for behavior change.

4. Our Vision To be a recognized leader in provision and promotion of quality peer centered approaches for communities and organizations in health and social needs. As I mentioned there was a lot of demand from donors to get quality programs up and running, we saw a gap we could fill. Our visions was to make this happen – to be a … read slide. ?As I mentioned there was a lot of demand from donors to get quality programs up and running, we saw a gap we could fill. Our visions was to make this happen – to be a … read slide. ?

5. What we do: Provide training and technical assistance 75 trainers available 10 training courses Implement Programs Youth Workplace Other Research, Monitoring & Evaluation BCC strategy and material development

6. Where we work: Started in 3 provinces of Kenya Expanded to 7 of 8 provinces Expanded to other countries (Southern Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, & Tanzania) Plan to continue expansion- More districts in each province Last province – Northeastern Province The whole point of this presentation is show how you have scaled up in NOPE. To do this, we should map it out. Later on, you’ll point to mechanisms for maintaining and increasing scale … I clearly don’t know this – a map could be helpful. The whole point of this presentation is show how you have scaled up in NOPE. To do this, we should map it out. Later on, you’ll point to mechanisms for maintaining and increasing scale … I clearly don’t know this – a map could be helpful.

7. Youth Peer Education Programs Ambassadors of Change RAY – Tuliza! 1st Annual Conference on Peer Education HIV and AIDS Professional training services Support 25 organizations Have directly trained 2,500 youth peer educators since 2000 I would give an overview to show how Youth PE has been incorporated into your youth programs – give a few examples … I would definitely explain how the annual PE conference has become a youth meeting point – if true? Don’t want to lead you but it seems that it’s very much a youth event to get the field connected. Explain what happened last year and say you plan to expand next year. I would give an overview to show how Youth PE has been incorporated into your youth programs – give a few examples … I would definitely explain how the annual PE conference has become a youth meeting point – if true? Don’t want to lead you but it seems that it’s very much a youth event to get the field connected. Explain what happened last year and say you plan to expand next year.

8. What others say: “NOPE has grown into a self-sustaining organization, which is USAID’s dream for every NGO surrounding HIV and AIDS.”

9. Successes Quality work and services delivered 42 workplaces and 25 youth serving organizations pay for services 3,500 peer educators and trainers trained Development of standardized training materials and on the way to a curriculum NOPE has become a stakeholder on 3 influential national bodies affecting youth programs 1st Annual Conference on Peer Education HIV and AIDS (attracted 600 delegates) On the first bullet you should be sure to note that many donors have made using NOPE’s services a stipulation for receiving funding – in essence you have achieved your vision. On third bullet you can probably explain more – but I’m sure you are part of other bodies – the one you told me about as related to developing the curriculum. Make this statement reflect reality. Last conference I think you should give more detail about what you learned last year and how you’ll improve this year.On the first bullet you should be sure to note that many donors have made using NOPE’s services a stipulation for receiving funding – in essence you have achieved your vision. On third bullet you can probably explain more – but I’m sure you are part of other bodies – the one you told me about as related to developing the curriculum. Make this statement reflect reality. Last conference I think you should give more detail about what you learned last year and how you’ll improve this year.

10. Successes continued Consulted and influenced policy implementation plan – peer education is a main strategy in the new ARH & D policy Engaging private sector – workplace program serves as an entry point for advocacy and further expansion into communities, including youth (Unilever Tea Kenya) Strategic planning for NOPE during growth phase Expansion and demand from neighbors - Southern Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania Unilever employs over 8,000 employees and trained 70 teachers who are now in-turn training youth peer educators. Unilever employs over 8,000 employees and trained 70 teachers who are now in-turn training youth peer educators.

11. Challenges Continuing expansion while maintaining quality of services and products Integrity of training team Maintaining qualified and motivated volunteer trainers, since they work as needed Idea of creating a national organization with corporate members has not been fully realized Convincing groups to spend on follow-up and monitoring after training Other previous challenges are not relevant to the topic of scale up – because they are not related to youth programs – like developing an HIV policy framework for workplace programs and developing a sustainable, cost effective and comprehensive youth center. Bullet 1 – If you feel comfortable you should definitely give the example you talked to me about – candidness will be appreciated by this group – that it’s really hard when groups approach trainers individually to provide services at a decreased cost on the side, but that as an NGO to be successful you can’t allow this. Decreasing value hurts everyone and incomplete services jeopardizes quality. Bullet 2 – I think this is also a very valuable lesson you’ve learned – it’s really hard for 1 NGO to own a network anywhere (I’ll mimic this in my presentation because in YPEER we see those who have not done well are often those who have 1 or 2 NGOs taking control of everything.) To me you described the issues with paying to be a member and potential benefits – and why Y-PEER is advantageous to you – it takes that contention out. Bullet 3 – so important – share a specific example of how this happened and how you’ve convinced groups they need more. Or plan for more follow up in future proposals, etc. How is NOPE changing the way PE donors and implementer perceive quality? Bullet 4 – this is also a really interesting point for me – that NOPE can maintain a group of 70+ volunteers on standby is amazing. Share how you do it. Tell them when it works and when it doesn’t. Are there other challenges related to MAINTAINING and INCREASING Scale??? Think hard. ? Other previous challenges are not relevant to the topic of scale up – because they are not related to youth programs – like developing an HIV policy framework for workplace programs and developing a sustainable, cost effective and comprehensive youth center. Bullet 1 – If you feel comfortable you should definitely give the example you talked to me about – candidness will be appreciated by this group – that it’s really hard when groups approach trainers individually to provide services at a decreased cost on the side, but that as an NGO to be successful you can’t allow this. Decreasing value hurts everyone and incomplete services jeopardizes quality. Bullet 2 – I think this is also a very valuable lesson you’ve learned – it’s really hard for 1 NGO to own a network anywhere (I’ll mimic this in my presentation because in YPEER we see those who have not done well are often those who have 1 or 2 NGOs taking control of everything.) To me you described the issues with paying to be a member and potential benefits – and why Y-PEER is advantageous to you – it takes that contention out. Bullet 3 – so important – share a specific example of how this happened and how you’ve convinced groups they need more. Or plan for more follow up in future proposals, etc. How is NOPE changing the way PE donors and implementer perceive quality? Bullet 4 – this is also a really interesting point for me – that NOPE can maintain a group of 70+ volunteers on standby is amazing. Share how you do it. Tell them when it works and when it doesn’t. Are there other challenges related to MAINTAINING and INCREASING Scale??? Think hard. ?

12. Maintaining Scale (and Growing) Expand corporate membership, especially the private sector Continuous staff development and program capacity building Initiate an inclusive Y-PEER network and link to their global activities Strengthen partnerships with government agencies and development partners Continually market services and products Now we want to give the audience a sense of how NOPE intends to maintain your momentum and what strategies you will focus on to be successful…. You have said these things somewhat differently, now tell the audience what it really means to do this and why you’ve chosen to focus on these things .. 1 – Obviously the myth that the private sector won’t be interested in SSA is false. NOPE has found XX USD in a company like Unilever Tea Company. With the right approach and advocacy materials, we can find ways to further engage and help the private sector support the needs of the communities that buy their products. 2 – We can only grow as fast as our staff grows. We need to continually provide opportunities to build the capacity of existing staff and expand our program. 3 – I’d love for you to summarize why you see Y-PEER working so well in Kenya. In a way, it is a way to overcome the original membership idea. Talk about the gaps it fills – access to new information, training ideas, online forums, other experiences … I’m getting tired. Sorry. 4 – Recognize the need to move beyond the NGO arena, you’ve convinced them, they like your work. Now you need to help government agencies recognize your contribution, support your work, claim your joint successes and do the same with development partners so donors know how to correctly fund quality PE activities. … Lastly, growing will only happen when you continually market your services and products. People need to know to be able to ask for them …Now we want to give the audience a sense of how NOPE intends to maintain your momentum and what strategies you will focus on to be successful…. You have said these things somewhat differently, now tell the audience what it really means to do this and why you’ve chosen to focus on these things .. 1 – Obviously the myth that the private sector won’t be interested in SSA is false. NOPE has found XX USD in a company like Unilever Tea Company. With the right approach and advocacy materials, we can find ways to further engage and help the private sector support the needs of the communities that buy their products. 2 – We can only grow as fast as our staff grows. We need to continually provide opportunities to build the capacity of existing staff and expand our program. 3 – I’d love for you to summarize why you see Y-PEER working so well in Kenya. In a way, it is a way to overcome the original membership idea. Talk about the gaps it fills – access to new information, training ideas, online forums, other experiences … I’m getting tired. Sorry. 4 – Recognize the need to move beyond the NGO arena, you’ve convinced them, they like your work. Now you need to help government agencies recognize your contribution, support your work, claim your joint successes and do the same with development partners so donors know how to correctly fund quality PE activities. … Lastly, growing will only happen when you continually market your services and products. People need to know to be able to ask for them …

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