KP REACH Learning:

This Project was a Special Project and is now fully established and a part of Building Capabilities. KP REACH Learning is led by the Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL] with input from the African Sex Worker Alliance [ASWA], Southern Africa Trans Forum [SATF] and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR].

KP REACH is based on an assumption that stronger networks will work more effectively with their members and partners in country and this in turn will strengthen the work on access to health services in the context of HIV. The Learning segment is expected to create learning cultures within KP groups and organizations and coalitions from marginalized communities and groups. It strengthens the analysis, reflection and learning in the political work, programming and organizing of the four networks in this Project. It also informs and contributes to shaping the advocacy segment of KP REACH which is led by AMSHeR. It does this by providing evidence of ‘what works’ and so shapes the advocacy messaging to influence policy and other decisions makers at a local, national and sub-regional level.

CAL works to strengthen the capabilities of all networks to find and use relevant and appropriate knowledge, data and evidence of various kinds to strengthen our individual and collective work on access to health services in the context of HIV in Southern Africa.  This learning work is located within multiple conceptual and theoretical frameworks including the right to health, the right to development and the goal of social justice. A power analysis is key to the thinking and feminist ideas are used to surface, name, confront and address inter- and intra- personal, institutional, ideological/hegemonic and systemic/structural factors that hinder access [Collins, 2006].

The main actors in this learning project are activists in the 8 countries in Southern Africa and staff from the Sub-Regional networks involved. Activists engage at two levels: the research, workshops and conversations and the mobilization of other activists and networks through the media work. The secondary actors are the in country organisations and groups and the sub-regional and regional organisations and groups.

As part of this learning segment, CAL is working with other networks and partners within the KP REACH Project using THREE separate methodologies all linked to ensure that learning is drawn from multiple sources. This learning from multiple sources is being linked to generate and develop models, frameworks and maps on what works in ensuring access to health services by key populations and people on the margins.

They are:

  1. Methodology 1: Conversations for Creating Change
  2.  Methodology 2: Case Studies for Creating Change
  3. Methodology 3: Communication for Creating Change

The KP REACH Learning is funded by the Global Fund on HIV, TB and Malaria through Hivos