Using chat technology for leadership support and development

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Title:
Using chat technology for leadership support and development
Abbreviated Title:
A caribbean case study
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Language:
English
Creator:
I.McKnight, R. Carr, Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership
Publisher:
Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership
Publication Date:

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Subjects / Keywords:
Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )

Notes

Abstract:
The Caribbean is known for both high rates of HIV infection among MSM and hostility towards MSM self- acceptance. Moreover, support for MSM leadership development in response to the interconnections between these issues has been a challenge in the region, particularly between smaller and larger countries spread out over a large geographic area and where stigma is high. Without sustained support for leadership development for MSM in individual countries, little progress can be made on reducing the vulnerability of the MSM to the HIV epidemic or its impact on them.
Funding:
Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.

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Source Institution:
Caribbean IRN
Holding Location:
Caribbean IRN
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All rights reserved by the source institution.
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AA00000025:00001


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Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership
ISSUES

The Caribbean is known for both high rates of HIV
, infection among MSM and hostility towards MSM self-
flcceptance. Moreover, support for MSM leadership
development in response to the interconnections
b^jveen these issues has been a challenge in the region,
I particularly between smaller and larger countries spread
out over a large geographic area and where stigma is hig

Without sustained support for leadership development
for MSM in individual countries,little progress can be*
made on reducing the vulnerability ofthe MSM to tHe H
epidemic or its impact on them.
DESCRIPTION

An informal consortium of leaders with roots in
community-based organisations addressing the needs
MSM populations in the Caribbean have been workin
to support leadership development and rights-based
prevention programming through internet-based a
hoc face-to-face networking.

Using communication technologies such as messenger
programs, a core group of experienced leaders ha
able to answer questions, provide guidance, supp
strategy development, and provide accompanim
to MSM leadership throughout the Caribbean whi
maintaining anonymity as needed and without rjance on
donor funds for this support.
LESSONS LEARNED
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Under conditions of harsh discrimination, and in the
absence of social, political or financial support, leadership
development can take place at the community level across
a geographic region. Face to face contact is critical from
time to time for maintaining relationship, but this can be
socially facilitated.
suppon
The main work is the ongoing daily or weekly suppTTrt
using information technologies and drawing on
indigenous expertise. Strategies developed have to
based on local realities, but common cultural factors
well as support from leaders experienced in strategy
development, inter-agency and donor relations, and
community dynamics, allow for effective grassroots
leadership development.
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RECOMMENDATIONS
Community groups working under conditions of social
exclusion can achieve supportive networks for leadership
development using internet technologies and drawing
on expertise based in similar environments.


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TUKC301 Using chat technology for leadership support and development: a Caribbean case study RECOMMENDATIONS C ommunity groups working under conditions of social exclusion can achieve supportive networks for leadership development using internet technologies and drawing on expertise based in similar environments. Authors: I. McKnight, R. Carr, Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership DESCRIPTION An informal consortium of leaders with roots in community-based organisations addressing the needs of MSM populations in the Caribbean have been working to support leadership development and rights-based prevention programming through internet-based and adhoc face-to-face networking. Using communication technologies such as messenger programs, a core group of experienced leaders have been able to answer questions, provide guidance, support strategy development, and provide accompaniment to MSM leadership throughout the Caribbean while maintaining anonymity as needed and without reliance on donor funds for this support. LESSONS LEARNED Under conditions of harsh discrimination, and in the absence of social, political or nancial support, leadership development can take place at the community level across a geographic region. Face to face contact is critical from time to time for maintaining relationship, but this can be socially facilitated. The main work is the ongoing daily or weekly support using information technologies and drawing on indigenous expertise. Strategies developed have to be based on local realities, but common cultural factors as well as support from leaders experienced in strategy development, inter-agency and donor relations, and community dynamics, allow for effective grassroots based leadership development. ISSUES The Caribbean is known for both high rates of HIV infection among MSM and hostility towards MSM selfacceptance. Moreover, support for MSM leadership development in response to the interconnections between these issues has been a challenge in the region, particularly between smaller and larger countries spread out over a large geographic area and where stigma is high. Without sustained support for leadership development for MSM in individual countries, little progress can be made on reducing the vulnerability of the MSM to the HIV epidemic or its impact on them.



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TUKC301 Using chat technology for leadership support and development: a Caribbean case study RECOMMENDATIONS C ommunity groups working under conditions of social exclusion can achieve supportive networks for leadership development using internet technologies and drawing on expertise based in similar environments. Authors: I. McKnight, R. Carr, Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership DESCRIPTION An informal consortium of leaders with roots in community-based organisations addressing the needs of MSM populations in the Caribbean have been working to support leadership development and rights-based prevention programming through internet-based and adhoc face-to-face networking. Using communication technologies such as messenger programs, a core group of experienced leaders have been able to answer questions, provide guidance, support strategy development, and provide accompaniment to MSM leadership throughout the Caribbean while maintaining anonymity as needed and without reliance on donor funds for this support. LESSONS LEARNED Under conditions of harsh discrimination, and in the absence of social, political or nancial support, leadership development can take place at the community level across a geographic region. Face to face contact is critical from time to time for maintaining relationship, but this can be socially facilitated. The main work is the ongoing daily or weekly support using information technologies and drawing on indigenous expertise. Strategies developed have to be based on local realities, but common cultural factors as well as support from leaders experienced in strategy development, inter-agency and donor relations, and community dynamics, allow for effective grassroots based leadership development. ISSUES The Caribbean is known for both high rates of HIV infection among MSM and hostility towards MSM selfacceptance. Moreover, support for MSM leadership development in response to the interconnections between these issues has been a challenge in the region, particularly between smaller and larger countries spread out over a large geographic area and where stigma is high. Without sustained support for leadership development for MSM in individual countries, little progress can be made on reducing the vulnerability of the MSM to the HIV epidemic or its impact on them.