SAT work is drive by a number of modalities necessitated by the nature of work that SAT does at the community, national and regional levels.
SAT's small-grants making is a process of providing financial resources to about 80 communities, CBOs and dialogue partners to support the integration of sexual reproductive health and right (SRH&R) and HIV into sustainable community systems also ensuring that these national and regional HIV and AIDS initiatives are managed effectively and accountably. The capacity development grants cover organisational, programming and other costs linked to service delivery and technical support. It also involves a package of skills strengthening in book keeping and financial reporting. Grants given vary from partner to partner in size and duration.
School Without Walls (SWW)
SAT’s SWW supports capacity strengthening for partner organisations. Based on the concept of south-to-south knowledge building and experience sharing, SWW concentrates on community competence, skills-training, governance and finance. An inbuilt flexibility in planning ensures that emerging thematic issues are taken into account particularly the integration of SRH&R and HIV; with thematic focus on youth, women’s health, dialogue and mainstreaming HIV into SRH&R. Lessons from SWW are documented and channelled back to national and regional fora to influence policy development, as well as being fed into targeted and relevant action research. SWW activities are implemented both within countries and between countries. Several methods are used: lessons-sharing workshops, skills-training seminars, thematic seminars on new evidence-based knowledge, mentoring, exchange and study visits.
Action research focuses on the identification and documentation of good practices in the integration of SRH&R into HIV programming, and on comparative studies in cooperation with research institutions across the region. The good practices 'lessons-learnt' from partners are then used to support programming of other partner organisations through 'lessons-testing. Commissioned studies utilise the enormous source of information accrued through interacting with partner organisations and to assist SAT in packaging this knowledge for use in advocacy for relevant policy changes.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
M&E is a cross-cutting and integral component in all SAT work. Collaboration with partner organisations is guided by established routines and frameworks for measuring organisational and community systems strengthening in the integration of SRH&R and HIV. Periodic evaluations of supported organisations also provide feedback mechanisms tied to focusing on the quality of service delivery.
SAT has partnerships operating at three levels: community or local, country and regional. It is this unique layering of partnerships that enables SAT to contribute information from the diverse experiences of many communities to the rest of global knowledge on SRH&R and HIV with a specific focus on youth, women’s health, dialogue and mainstreaming SRH&R into HIV response. These partnerships link not only SAT to various players in the region, but more importantly players at different levels to one another, via SAT or mechanisms facilitated by SAT such as RAANGO and CSAT among others.
Communications and Publications
SAT’s communications and publications have two key purposes: to support increasing competence and capacity of partner organisations and volunteers to guide them in their work; and to be a medium of sharing experiences and knowledge.In implementing the communications modality, SAT focuses on: development of guidelines and tools for CBOs and volunteers; documenting results from action research for advocacy and policy influence; collating debates, conversations and thinking from SWW activities into the ‘SHARE series’ publications disseminated across the region; newsletters to keep SAT staff, partner organisations and other stakeholders up to date on SAT intentions, positions and actions.
Advocacy for policy influence
SAT, through its strategic partnerships at national and regional level, channels information and experiences from community level to policy-makers and other influential actors to facilitate policy dialogue. In this process, SAT has also entered into partnerships such as the Informal network of Regional African HIV and AIDS NGOs (RAANGO), CSAT, SEARCH and for improved contributions to universal access to prevention, care and treatment. This is done through increased coordination and to promote policy dialogue.