CCS co-hosts Conference on Governance and Politics of HIV/AIDSHumanities

Participants at the conference on the Governance and Politics of HIV/AIDS.Participants at the conference on the Governance and Politics of HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Foundation of SA and the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) hosted a Knowledge Sharing Forum on the Governance and Politics of HIV/AIDS as part of HIV Policy Action.

HIV Policy Action is a collaboration between the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Makerere University in Uganda, UKZN’s Centre for Civil Society and the University of Limerick in Ireland. 

It was developed to explore the role of public administration in the particular context of people living with HIV/AIDS.  ‘It does so because those living with HIV/AIDS clearly face particular challenges, not least the challenge to maintain life, often experienced alongside considerable social exclusion, stigmatisation and discrimination,’ said Acting CCS Director, Dr Shauna Mottiar.

The forum, ran alongside the 21st International AIDS Conference, and explored some of the broader public policy dimensions of efforts to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

Described as a space to share research, ideas and experiences, the forum introduced the relevance and importance of a stronger focus on public policy and public administration in public on HIV/AIDS. The sessions held included: (i) Different approaches to service delivery and the implications for public administration, (ii) Citizen/Civil Society Engagement and the implications for public administration, (iii) Understanding stigma and its consequences in public policy making, and (iv) Demanding accountability: how citizens can help make rights real?

The forum brought together various academics and PhD students from the collaboration as well as participants from Wits University, the AIDS Foundation, the TAC, Section 27 and Hivos.

The forum concluded with a session discussing collective wisdom and ideas for how public institutions centrally involved in addressing HIV/AIDS could be enhanced. 

Melissa Mungroo