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A community of practice for facilitating response to critical health and development issues
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AFFIRM

We share a vision of strengthening the capacity of local communities to respond to HIV, AIDS and Ebola and to other conflict issues relating to health and development.

Facilitation of Human Capacity Development for Response (HCR) enhances care, prevention and action by communities. It also increases their ability to respond to other critical issues. Read More...

Our Vision

We share the vision that communities can make decisions, care, act together and change themselves. A facilitation team approach enables this to happen.

This is in contrast to the dominant focus on being 'intervened at', or receiving provision. Read More...

 

Respect and change

In 1987 a young man killed himself - in Sianyoolo, Zambia.

His tiny village was rocked - but their response caused HIV and AIDS policy to change. Nationally then globally. It sparked a worldwide movement whereby thousands of local communities then adapted that response to improve their lives.

This is story about how local neighbourhood conversations can change the world. Just one conversation actually - within and between local homes and communities, governments and global organisations.

The worse the conflict and stigma, the better the conversation works. HIV, AIDS, Ebola and many other conflict causes - they all improve. When our voices and actions are expressed locally they can be amplified into global change.

The process and principles are simple and inexpensive - and they're also quite particular. It's a specific art.

Start by watching the GLoCon film 'TOGETHER' online. [see here on 3 August]. Study other materials on this website. They're useful - but understanding will come when you allow yourself to experience the conversation personally such as through applying the SALT protocol [PDF 282KB].

As to AFFIRM - well, we're here to support and encourage you.

  • We're more a community of practice than an organisation.
  • We follow our belief that people in their homes and neighbourhoods can respond to critical challenges from their human strengths.
  • We believe that organisations need to adapt their practice and policy as their response.
  • We believe they can do so by intentionally learning from the local response by immersing themselves in local response through applying the SALT protocol.

We've followed and nurtured this conversation for over thirty years - and it still refreshes, inspires, reconciles and astounds us!

Site updated 23 July 2017

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