***ARCHIVE SITE *** Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 4, No 1 (2008)

Developing a Regional Knowledge Centre in HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean: a knowledge audit

Javier Hourcade-Bellocq, Taline Haytayan, Bertha Camacho Tuckermann

Abstract


In the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region there exists a high level of technical ability and knowledge in HIV/AIDS programming and implementation. Despite this depth of existing knowledge, it was discovered that very often the location or even existence of distinct types of knowledge was unknown which meant that processes were inevitably being duplicated unnecessarily. Moreover, ignorance of the existence or location of various experiences, resources or information about HIV meant that such knowledge was not being used to improve the HIV programmes.
In this context, in 2007 the International HIV/AIDS Alliance conducted a Knowledge Audit in order to investigate what sources and types of knowledge of HIV/AIDS exists in the region and assess the gaps in capacity and systems. Various qualitative and participatory methods of data collection were used in the study, such as individual interviews, focus group discussions, field visits and workshops. In total 53 representatives of 25 different institutions and organizations working in 11 different countries in LAC were interviewed.
Amongst its key findings, the audit highlighted the need to improve access to information on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and the need to build the capacity of various stakeholders in knowledge management. It also highlighted the need for donor agencies and international NGOs to support this process and promote south to south cooperation in the region. In light of the findings and recommendations of the Knowledge Audit, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance will launch a series of implementations in 2008, including the development of a knowledge management portal in Spanish accessible for civil society.

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