Over the past four years, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) has contributed to the partnership established by the DFID funded research programme 'Evidence for Action'. The Alliance is primarily an HIV programme implementation and HIV policy and advocacy organisation; Evidence for Action has contributed to developing and strengthening its research capacity both in the UK as well as in some of its southern partners in Zambia and Uganda. The key advances that resulted from this partnership are the development of institutional structures which contribute to advancing the research agenda of the Alliance, the development of research capacity for individuals and organisations, and the set up of successful new collaborations between Evidence for Action partners in Zambia and Uganda. Examples of this work include the development of a Research Steering Committee for the overall Alliance; the formulation of a set of research quality standards serving as a benchmark for the Alliance and its linking organisations; the organisation of regular training workshops in Zambia, Uganda and in the UK; the contribution of Alliance staff to peer-reviewed publications and presentation at key research conferences; and the set up of 'South-South' research collaborations for new research projects and proposal development.
Evidence For Action Case Study No. 05 July 2010, 2 pp.