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Ashodaya Academy

South to South Collaboration


Our Growth Journey

Important aspect: Academy

Capacity Building takes into consideration how SW learn

CB beyond just condoms, HIV, STI

Principle of community to community

Tailor made curriculum

On-site support


Exposure Visit to Academy

Site Assessment Done

Onsite Hand holding

States where Academy Supported



China, IndonesiaMalaysiaPNGMyanmar Thailand Vietnam Bangladesh PakistanSri lanka Maldives Nepal India

Academy in Asia Pacific



South Africa




Academy in Africa

Handholding on site support

Exposure Visit to Academy


Work done so far : DIFFER

Working in Durban, Mombasa & Tete through MATCH ICRH-K, and ICRH-M Understanding the community and CB needs using multiple methodsQuestions during situational assessmentPrelim visit to the sites and interaction Extensive interaction over telephoneDraft curriculum, shared with partners and finalized itTraining workshop where 80% of the participants were SW, rest are non-community who work with themHad African SW faculties apart from Indian SW facultiesMix methods adapted for facilitationWork plan with on-site TA plan developed (example)

Mix methods were adapted for facilitationParticipants developed country wise work plan and a technical assistance plan was finalizedWork plan



Work done so far: NSWP-SWAA

Discussion with NSWP and visit by African SW to Ashodaya and VAMPAfrican SW desired to develop their Academy with support fro NSWPIndian faculties visited Kenya to understand setting and plan FD program, assisted in developing curriculumSupported in identifying learning elements Provide support for faculty development


Work done so far: UM-CIHR

Partnering with HOYMAS with support from UMIdea is to develop and strengthen community based research Provide support to develop community led intervention



Our early impression

Learning to be bi-directional (both ways)Community and aspiration building is criticalEnabling learning of focused prevention (STI, community led other service delivery etc.) Violence and stigma continue to be very critical. All courses need to address itCannot just replicate, but need to contextualize keeping the principles Need to develop local community faculties



Stakeholders do not recognize our potential; uncomfortable when they see us driving community led processesLegal environment in some countries create difficulties to implement what’s being taughtFunding agencies keep on changing their priorities, don’t understand the processes but only want product leading therefore can lead to resource crunch


Lesson for us sex workers

Sex work and sex workers are the same world overWe learn from each other because we respect ourselves and our profession. The learning is quicker because we trust each other even if drawn from different countries and culturesThe South to South in reality is two way and gathers momentum if it is community to community as well



My friends….. Sex workers from Africa and IndiaThe DAC, India and KSAPSNSWP, APNSWEC, University of Ghent, MATCH, ICRH-Kenya, ICRH-MombasaAvahan ProgramThe University of ManitobaUNAIDS, UNFPA, ADB


Thank You


Learning Processes

Quick assessment of the visiting groupsTailor made curriculumFormal and non-formal learning methods focusing on“how to do”Post training work plan and TA developmentDifferent categories of training program:On-site support – hand holding and mentoring for application / adaptation where more local community members are involvedPeriodic progress review

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