50 LGBT activists from South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique have jointly developed a road map to strengthen their activities related to peer education, outreach and psychosocial support. The road map is the result of a regional workshop, which was organised by our implementing partner COC Netherlands in Pretoria, South Africa.
The LGBT activists from several organisations came together to share experience; discuss best practices; and make plans for the future on how their current activities on peer education, outreach and psychosocial support can be strengthened and improved.
Sharing experiences and learning from peers that are operating in the same field and confronted with similar issues creates a strong regional community of LGBT activists that are equipped to tackle challenges with the knowledge build collaboratively.
(Sharon Ludwig, Health & Support Services Manager, Triangle Project South Africa)
During this three-day workshop the activists reflected on their services, learned from each other and provided feedback on what other organisations are doing. They also brainstormed on the usefulness of developing collective regional instruments.
These ideas were gathered in a ‘road map’ which will guide further discussions on strengthening specific elements in their activities related to peer education, outreach and psychosocial support. LGBT organisations will come together in smaller groups to work together on themes that are of specific interest to them. The aim of these groups – the ‘learning circles’ – is to enable these LGBT organisations to continue to share experiences, learn from each other and work jointly towards the development of key instruments that can improve their services.
COC will provide technical assistance and ongoing mentoring and coaching to the LGBT organisations to facilitate the strengthening of their chosen focal activities. COC will also support the development of regional instruments that can be used to improve the implementation of their outreach activities.