Discussion Question 4: What do you see as the major strengths that the GAP Unit could offer in relation to HIV/AIDS projects and programmes in India? What suggestions could you make to Dr Bhattacharya as she considers the GAP'S future activities?
(a) Major strengths:
- SIRMCE’s diverse and influential membership.
- Its previous experience in health areas affecting people's day to day working lives.
- Its contacts and experience with local employers and government agencies.
- The GAP Unit's growing links with local and international organisations working in HIV/AIDS.
(b) Suggested Future Strategies:
- Keep issues of sustainability on the agenda from the very start. If possible, give an individual specific responsibility for this.
- With a mainly voluntary workforce, SIRMCE needs to focus its efforts carefully. Too many activities or too diverse a programme will probably mean that little gets done, that what gets done is short-lived or superficial, and that members get less satisfaction from their work. (Refer to the GAP Unit's plans for future activities.)
- Network with other NGOs. Look for opportunities to collaborate with them, such as joint or linked programmes.
- GAP should not take on activities that some other organisation is already involved in, or is better placed to do, unless there is very good reason.
- Talk to potential donors regularly, see what their interests are and keep them informed about GAP'S own plans and activities.
- Keep in contact with the local business sector and always look for opportunities to collaborate with them on activities. This will help on sustainability issues as well as provide other benefits.
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