Smart partnership to provide platform for new resources, says King, Lesotho Today

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article concerns the opening of the Smart Partnership International Dialogue, which aimed to bring government, civil society, media and faith based organizations together to network and explore how to utilize new resources for better economic growth.

The article may be used to:
1. Illustrate the importance of ensuring that the views of people who are directly affected by the issue, are heard in the article. 
Trainer’s Notes:
Although different sources were quoted, none were from the people who would directly benefit from the partnership.  Their concerns are not reflected in the article and it does not have a human face.  The article mentions HIV/AIDS as one of the challenges facing the continent but fails to explore its impact on economic development. The article fails to link HIV/AIDS to deepening levels of poverty, especially for women.
Discussion Questions
1. How important is a gender persepctive to any new campaign or initiative around HIV?
2. Discuss the gender aspect sof HIV and AIDS
Training Exercises:
1. Trainees should rewrite the article and examine the potential benefits of the partnership in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Trainees should identify who they would interview to ensure that the concerns of women and men are reflected. 

Links to Training Resources
The Smart Partnership of Lesotho –
Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4,  and Chapter 8

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