What We Do

LILO APPROACH

LILO – Looking In; Looking Out – is Positive Vibes’ flagship participatory methodology, delivered as a suite of distinct multi-day workshops. Each workshop is customised to a specific audience, with the primary aims to sensitise, to raise awareness and to elevate consciousness.

CITIZEN JOURNALISM

We work with groups and organisations within the framework of an accompaniment relationship. Certainly, we accompany individuals (leaders, activists, etc.) on their journeys to make change, but most of the time these people are based in groups or organisations. We encourage people to organise effectively and, where there is the will and the necessity, to develop strong organisations.

REGRANTING

Regranting is offered to partners as part of Positive Vibes’ accompaniment process during programs.

ACCOMPANIMENT

We work with groups and organisations within the framework of an accompaniment relationship. Certainly, we accompany individuals (leaders, activists, etc.) on their journeys to make change, but most of the time these people are based in groups or organisations. We encourage people to organise effectively and, where there is the will and the necessity, to develop strong organisations.

PROCESS FACILITATION

The core activity of Positive Vibes’ is provision of process facilitation around HIV sex workers, adolescent girls & young women and LGBT+ people. This facilitation enables groups and individuals to personalise the issues and gain increased knowledge and self-efficacy. All workshops are participatory and facilitated to allow maximum input and eventually ownership of the workshop/process outcomes and action plans.

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS MONITORING & RESPONSE

It is hard to reject advocacy work that is based on hard facts about the reality of sex workers and LGBT+ people’s lives. This documentation gives credibility to LGBT+ and sex worker organisations & communities asking for change. Documenting human rights violations helps trigger reactions or responses that can help prevent violations being repeated and is a mechanism to monitor compliance with international standards & keep track of changes.

HEALTH SYSTEMS MONITORING

Monitoring is both a practice towards and an indicator of civic engagement by communities with service providers and duty bearers who – within a participatory democracy – are answerable to their respective constituencies for the duty of care they are tasked to provide on behalf of the State to its citizens.

Good public health means that communities have access to services in an environment that is safe so monitoring should extend beyond the facility and speak more holistically to the environment in which services are delivered, the context in which healthcare is accessed, and the conditions through which health is achieved.

NETWORKING

Positive Vibes’ networking activities attempt to build collaborative efforts at district and regional level between CBOs, NGOs, and government. In building a civil society response to HIV and AIDS, it is particularly important to enhance the efficacy of the civil society/government relationship.

MENTORING

Positive Vibes’ engagement includes on-going technical assistance and support to groups as they implement their planned initiatives and providing opportunities for developing long-term relationships. PV supports organisations through a specialist coaching program called LILO Leaders to nurture skills and capacity. These process-focused activities vary in length from three months to two years. In some cases outside Organisational Development support is sourced and made available.