Our Strategic Approach and Theory of Change

AfNHi Theory of Change

Ultimate goal

A functional network – driven by membership in driving the agenda forward, the go-to network working within sub-units/regions feeding into the larger Africa e.g. EAC, SADC
Domestic Resource Mobilization – advocating for 2% towards the research fund. How much goes into HIV research?

Intermediate outcomes

Influencing and driving AU policies on biomedical HIV Prevention research e.g. African CDC – key agency to engage e.g. OAFLA – entry point, regional bodies AU, SADC, COMESA, EAC, Francophone agencies increased and vibrant membership

  • Resource – fund raising efforts
  • How well we want to be represented in the region
  • National networks as AfNHi membership a percentage?
  • Au units – commissions, Health ministers, finance ministers

Strategic Approach

  • Policy Research and Advocacy

Ensure that from the 2% of the national health expenditure proposed at the different African summits, a definite percentage has been allocated to HIV research. Also there is development of accountability mechanisms with regards to this HIV research fund.

  • Capacity Building

Strengthen technical capacities specifically knowledge and skills of the Civil Society on HIV prevention research advocacy targeting key regional players and economic partners such as SADC, ECOWAS, COMESA, EAC and their research institutions. In addition to this, include a top-down bottom-up feedback mechanism in strengthening the capacity of communities (people living with HIV etc.).

  • Learning Platform

Advance a knowledge podium for cross learning with an aim of disseminating best practices and lessons learnt towards strengthening engagement in HIV prevention research advocacy within Africa to enhance innovation and evidence informed policies and programmes

  • Youth Agenda

Work with young people through targeted outreaches and mobilization to promote their participation on campaigns and awareness on HIV prevention and sexuality towards realization of Africa free of new HIV infections since young people are worst affected hence are at the epicenter of prevention efforts.

  • Champion Building

Enhance capacity of champions to track research such as scientists, civil society advocacy groups, national governments or heads of states committing to funding HIV research, community role models .