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The Joint Learning Initiative

on Children and HIV/AIDS


An Overview

April 2007

Presented on behalf of the JLICA

IATT on Children and HIV/AIDS

Washington DC

Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya

jlica goals
  • Protect and fulfill the rights of children affected by HIV/AIDS by mobilizing the evidencebase and producing actionable recommendations for policy and practice.
jlica goals3
  • Assemble, analyse and interpret evidence to address implementation gaps to ensure universal access to health, education ad social protection
  • Expand space for new thinking
  • Mobilize and generate evidence
  • Facilitate linkages
  • Advance action
universal access
Universal access
  • JLICA works toward universal access to essential services for children, families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • For JLICA, ‘universal access’ means that children affected by HIV/AIDS receive effective services in:
    • Health care
    • Education
    • Social protection
it s more than ovc
It’s more than “OVC”
  • All children in high-prevalence settings affected
  • Paradigm shift:
    • From AIDS to poverty
    • From individual traits to social determinants
  • Comprehensive welfare strategies needed
what jlica will deliver
What JLICA will deliver
  • Evidence for advocacy (in order to convince)
  • Evidence for policy and program design (in order to guide)
  • Evidence for implementation (in order to demonstrate)
  • Evidence for costs (in order to decide)
work streams
Work Streams
  • Research and analysis to consolidate the evidence base and formulate recommendations;
  • Partnership-building to open space for innovation and problem-solving oriented to stakeholders’ real needs;
  • Communication and advocacy to accelerate action;
  • Effective project management to support the previous three functions
partnership constituencies
Partnership constituencies
  • Multilateral organizations
  • Foundations and donor agencies
  • National policymakers
  • International NGOs
  • National and local NGOs, FBOs and CBOs
  • Program managers and implementers
  • Actors from outside HIV/AIDS work
  • Within international, regional and national frameworks
what makes jlica different
What makes JLICA different?
  • Implementation focus
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Networked with major actors, but independent
  • Time-limited, results-oriented

Structure and areas of work



Steering Committee:

Initiative Co-Chairs,

Founders, LG co-chairs


Learning Group 1

Strengthening Families

Learning Group 2

Supporting Communities

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Learning Group 3

Access to services and

Protecting human rights

Learning Group 4

Improving Socio-economic


lg 1 strengthening families
LG 1: Strengthening families
  • Evidence on family and household changes in response to HIV/AIDS
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing programs for affected families
  • Best ways to combine government and non-governmental family services
  • Review work on economic strengthening for HIV/AIDS-affected families – including cash transfers
lg 2 community and civil society
LG 2: Community and civil society
  • Best practice studies on optimizing the work of faith-based organizations
  • Supporting children and youth to be ‘part of the solution’
  • Community-based management information systems
  • Identifying best practices for external support (state, donors) to community-based groups
lg 3 access to services and human rights
LG 3: Access to services and human rights
  • Practitioner Learning Collaborative for PMTCT scale-up in Rwanda (with GoR)
    • Implementation of wrap-around services, with health care as entry point
    • Linking PMTCT+ and Early Child Developmentinterventions
  • Implementation case studies on family and community services (with LGs 1 and 2)
lg 4 social and economic policies
LG 4: Social and economic policies
  • Assess the determinants of adverse outcomes in children affected by HIV/AIDS through analysis of large data sets
  • Compile national-level data on social and economic policies and programs, undertake 3 in-depth country case studies
  • Cost the response to affected children
  • Investigate the determinants of effective policymaking
unifying themes
Unifying themes
  • Using social welfare programs to protect children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • HIV prevention among children and youth
  • Integrating HIV/AIDS policies into national health & development frameworks
  • Tackling implementation gaps
    • Special focus on Early Child Development
  • Coordinating with key stakeholders to examine what is working
jlica milestones
JLICA milestones
  • Oct 2006: launch
  • Fall 2007: “Fast-track” research results and publications
  • Sept 2007: JLICA hosts International Symposium on action for children affected by HIV/AIDS, Harvard University
  • Aug 2008: CCABA seminar and JLICA scientific session: XVII International Aids Conference, Mexico City
  • Dec 2008: JLICA final report
relationship with the iatt
Relationship with the IATT
  • Participation across IATT Working Groups and JLICA Learning Groups
  • Joint support and engagement in specific groups e.g. social protection, community
  • Potential MOU between the IATT and the JLICA to be discussed at the Implementers Meeting in Rwanda

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