The Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University, with support from Irish Aid and the Higher Education Authority (Ireland), will host a Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on issues of Policy, Communities and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The Forum will bring together researchers from four Universities: University of Limerick, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Kwa Zulu Natal and Makerere University under their joint project titled: “Connecting Public Policy, Communities and HIV/AIDS in Africa.” The researchers are a multidisciplinary team from the backgrounds of Political Science, Social Anthropology and Social Psychology.
The Kampala KEF will focus on the following;
1. Approaches to service delivery in the era of HIV/AIDS and implication for public policy and administration
2. Civil Society Engagement in the era of HIV/AIDS and implications for public administration
3. Stigma in the era of HIV/AIDS and its consequences for public policy
4. What is to be done?: Policy recommendations for service improvements
Apart from academics from the mentioned universities, Ugandan experts from Government and Civil Society Organisations have been invited to participate in the forum and share their experiences.
The specific workshop objectives include: ways in which policies that address HIV/AIDS get implemented in local settings, exploring the interaction between public sector actors and the people who use the services provided, the partnerships and the social networks that bring together officials – health workers, bureaucrats, teachers, community activists, advocates, volunteers and citizens. The forum will discuss the social environment that promotes prevention of HIV/AIDS in respect to the messages, treatment and support. The forum will come up with policy recommendations on how the public sector can improve policy consultations, implementation and evaluation in order to offer better services than are currently provided.
See programme below