The World Bank’s Development Marketplace program in South Asia funds innovative approaches to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS. Since few successful stigma programs have been monitored and well documented, ICRW worked with the World Bank to record lessons learned and promising approaches from the 26 grant recipients of the Development Marketplace program.
ICRW worked intensively with grantees to help them develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for their projects. Throughout the grantees’ implementation phase, we provided tailored technical guidance on program design, effective messaging, and measurement and evaluation tools. ICRW then led a global monitoring and evaluation workshop in New Delhi to further strengthen the capacity of the grantees. We also encouraged them to reflect on the implementation process and discuss challenges and potential solutions.
In the report, Tackling HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in South Asia, published by the World Bank, the research team summarizes monitoring, evaluation and case study data, revealing that a number of strategies were particularly effective in raising awareness about stigma and discrimination, and shifting, albeit slowly, attitudes, norms and behaviors.