The Joint Learning Initiative on Children

Launched in 2006, the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA) was a time-limited network of policy-makers, practitioners, community leaders, researchers, and people living with HIV that mobilized research and discussion on children affected by HIV/AIDS. JLICA did not seek to supplant the efforts of many dedicated and effective organizations working on behalf of children—but instead provided an independent, collaborative analysis of what is working and what needs to change.

Our process

JLICA’s approach to global HIV/AIDS advocacy and research was unique because:

  • JLICA was cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary. The Initiative engaged policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, activists and researchers from across the natural and social sciences.
  • JLICA was independent and collaborative. While working with national governments, non-governmental partners, academic research centres, foundations and international organizations, JLICA also conducted independent analyses and made evidence-based recommendations on what works best for children.
  • JLICA was a temporary entity with a finite goal. JLICA did not seek to perpetuate itself or carve out a permanent niche in the HIV/AIDS research landscape. It aimed to get a specific job done by a defined target date. This time-limited approach enhanced JLICA’s focus and impact.

In each of its research focus areas, JLICA gathered evidence about best practices, facilitated innovative thinking and problem solving, advanced action, and facilitated communication across disciplines and stakeholders. JLICA sought to:

  • Mobilize and generating evidence
  • Facilitate new thinking and problem solving
  • Advance action
  • Facilitate linkages

JLICA research, ranged across a variety of topics: strengthening families; community action; expanding access to services and protecting human rights; and social and economic policies.

Read JLICA’s brochure for an overview on directions for action: English, French

Learn more about JLICA’s key recommendations and work products.

About JLICA’s Learning Groups

The Initiative housed four Learning Groups that focus on the primary research areas. These Learning Groups were coordinated by two Co-Chairs and included a core of approximately 10-15 experts from diverse geographic and disciplinary backgrounds, as well as strong membership representation from high-burden countries.

To promote action on the Initiative’s recommendations, Learning Group Co-Chairs participate in ongoing advocacy alongside the two Initiative Co-Chairs and JLICA’s founding partner organizations.

Read about the Learning Groups.

Contact Us

For inquiries, please contact John Miller, Projects Coordinator, Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS (CCABA):

Fill out our online email form.

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