Sustainable and effective responses to HIV are beyond the capacity of any single organization, network or population sector. In the Micah Network, we relate to one another on the basis of our beliefs, shared values, and commitment to Integral Mission. In our responses to HIV and AIDS, we work with a variety of partners, some of whom hold different beliefs or values from us.
The Micah Network developed partnership values and guidelines in 2005. (http://www.micahnetwork.orghttp://www.micahnetwork.org/en/learning/partnership/guidelines-values
The values outlined in 2005 were strongly affirmed at the Micah Network Global HIV consultation held in Pattaya in October last year. However, the 2005 partnership guidelines focus primarily on partnerships within the Micah Network. They do not address the complexities facing Micah Network members who were engaging in multi-sectoral partnerships in response to HIV and AIDS. For example, how do we communicate our commitment to integral mission to people who are suspicious that money allocated to HIV-related work will be used for evangelism? How do we affirm the leadership of people who are living with HIV both within the Micah Network, and in our collaborations? What do we need to do to ensure that we enter into equal, effective, healthy, respectful and mutually beneficial multi-sectoral partnerships and maintain and communicate our existing partnership values? How do we negotiate conflict and controversy?
We are seeking to establish a process within the Micah Network through which we can build on our existing work on partnership to support our participation in multi-sectoral partnerships in response to HIV and AIDS. We are interested to hear from people who are also interested in exploring the development of Micah Network partnership guidelines to include our collaborations outside of the Micah Network. If you are interested, please contact Greg Manning at [email protected]