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Q&A: Ambulances, HIV initiatives, Emergency strategies, Participatory monitoring, DDR, Contracts
Submitted by Aid Workers Network on November 19, 2003 - 11:51am.
Can you offer any insights or pointers to useful information/contacts on these topics? Thank you.
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How can sick people and pregnant women travel in comfort and security along footpaths or poor roads to distant health facilities? Paul is investigating possibilities for low-cost rural ambulances. Can you share any information or experiences? Join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum
HIV WORKPLACE INITIATIVES
Wendy is helping to develop HIV workplace initiatives targeted toward trucking companies and the uniformed services in Zambia. Can you recommend any good practices based on your experiences? Join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES
Shane in Nigeria is developing an Emergency Strategy Plan with a relief and development agency. What advice and guidance can we offer? Join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum
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Ingeborg summarizes the IRC's monitoring guidelines: Create a detailed plan using input from the communities and the management service; Include plans for dissemination of the gathered data; Have indicators that are easy and cheap to measure; Keep the data analysis simple; Include training to ensure validity and reliability in data collection; Combine qualitative and quantitative monitoring. Prabhat strongly encourages inclusion of the community's traditional methods of monitoring and evaluation. Ted tells of the classic book "Partners in Evaluation," by Marie-Therese Feurstein. Kamran provides a document with a performance management tool kit. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.
DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION (DDR)
Bryan shares a summary of some best practices on reintegrating children involved in armed conflict, from a recent Istituto degli Innocenti and UNICEF conference: In northern Uganda, ACET (AIDS Counselling, Education and Training) works with child soldiers and uses culturally based approaches like a purification ceremony for children to aid psychological healing and promote community acceptance. Children who can contribute to their wider community feel useful and valued by society. Malia tells us that documenting children before a formal process starts facilitates their later enrollment. Having different services available can make consistency, important in a DDR process, challenging. The particular issues of girls warrant special attention. A Save the Children-UK report evaluates its child soldier DDR program in East DRC. A study from the Canadian International Development Agency has policy and program recommendations. World Bank publications, such as "Good Practice InfoBrief," which includes lessons learned in Sierra Leone, received several mentions, as did UN documents, all on the web. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.
CONTRACTS WITH CONTRACTORS
Drew just went through a borehole exercise, and for a geophysical contract siting boreholes for handpumps, recommends specifying location; drill depth; well width; lined channel (pipe) depth; water pump depth; policy if a dry hole is struck; type of pump, pipe, etc.; policy if digger cannot go to max depth; policy if the well digger breaks equipment; requirement for testing quantity, quality, and recharge rate for well; requirement that the client monitor all major acts. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.
DISABILITY EQUALITY IN PRACTICE