Leveraging donors' commitment to gender equality in a time of change and austerity

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A brief on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, giving a review of the donor's response to the vulnerabilities of women and girls to HIV.

Paying girls to stay in school: a good return on HIV investment?

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STRIVE’s letter to The Lancet addresses several questions regarding the cost and co-financing of structural interventions.

The letter takes up the case of cash transfers to keep girls in schools. Despite proven success, measures that address the social and economic drivers of HIV are in danger of being overlooked as AIDS funding shrinks. 

In an important argument, the authors offer an example from Malawi to illustrate how a co-financing approach with the education sector could offer better value for money from an HIV perspective.

Alcohol harm-prevention and policies - Dag Endal

A general introduction to the field of alcohol policy, addressing core questions: What structural measures work to reduce problematic alcohol use? Who are the key players and forces defining national alcohol policies and global campaigns?

Presented by Dag Endal, Project Coordinator of the Alcohol, Drugs and Development programme at Norwegian international NGO, FORUT. For eight years from 2003, Dag was the president of Actis, the Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs. He has been on the board of Eurocare since 2009 and is now a member of STRIVE's advisory group.

Strengthening the research to policy and practice interface: Exploring strategies used by research organisations working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

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A special issue dedicated to the policy impact of research on sexual and reproductive health including a focus on HIV/AIDS. The supplement is based on the findings of several Research Programme Consortia supported by the Department for International Development, representing a "range of methodologies and approaches researchers and communication specialists have used in different contexts to try to ensure research does not simply gather dust on library shelves but feeds into and is relevant to policy and practice in different contexts".

Alcohol Consumption and HIV: The Neglected Interface

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"Many countries with heavy HIV and alcohol burdens do not fully recognize these epidemics as intrinsically interconnected. Missed opportunities for synergistic prevention and treatment of HIV and alcohol abound. Few HIV policies, services for HIV prevention or research projects adequately address alcohol-HIV harms or include alcohol use as an HIV risk factor."

The Cash Dividend: The Rise of Cash Transfer Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Report assimilating a range of evidence on the use of cash transfer programs. The report draws from a range of sources and programmes in different contexts to illustrate the current state of both conditional and non-conditional cash transfers, including some of the challenges to implementation and efficacy.

Addressing the structural drivers of HIV: a luxury or necessity for programmes?

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This editorial introduces a special issue of Journal of the International AIDS Society on the structural drivers of HIV.

Paying girls to stay in school: a good return on HIV investment?

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Letter to The Lancet by STRIVE researchers highlighting the multi-sector benefits of interventions that address the structural drivers of HIV. As AIDS funding shrinks, measures that address the social and economic drivers of HIV are in danger of being overlooked.

Guardian Science Weekly Podcast - interview with Charlotte Watts

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The Guardian science correspondent Alok Jha interviews STRIVE Research Director Charlotte Watts (scroll to 24 mins and 40 secs).

Special journal issue on the structural drivers of HIV

Published today, a special issue of Journal of the International AIDS Society draws attention to the role of structural drivers in HIV programmes. The editorial, co-authored by STRIVE's Charlotte Watts and Lori Heise, poses the provocative question: 'Addressing the structural drivers of HIV: a luxury or necessity for programmes?'

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