Partnerships and Networks

RENEWAL is a network structured by partnerships. In addition to the core staffing of RENEWAL, these partnerships are flexible, responding to collaborative needs generated by projects and policy debates at local, national, regional and international levels. RENEWAL strives to establish common partnership platforms from which the three core pillars of the network and its projects can be effectively undertaken. This creates an important multi-directional learning process between all partners in the network. The network's membership is disciplinarily and geographically diverse - as reflected in the membership of the National Advisory Panels in each country.

In addition to the core RENEWAL team, there are many other research partners linked to ongoing studies. Various international research collaborators have also been, and continue to be, involved in RENEWAL collaborations. Current partnerships include the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; various departments at the University of Witwatersrand (Forced Migration Studies Program, SUNRAE, and the Reproductive Health Research Unit); The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) in Uganda; and the University of Makerere (Sociology Department). Recent studies have been undertaken with the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and the Nairobi-based African Population and Health Research Center.

Partners from the earlier phases include ICRISAT, ICRAF, Michigan State University, USA; Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands; Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, USA; School of Medicine, University of Indiana, USA; Department of International Health, Tulane University, USA; University of Colorado at Boulder, USA; Columbia University, New York, USA; University of Leiden, Netherlands; London School of Economics (LSEAIDS), Kennedy School of Government and Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA; and the World Bank.

Connections have been established with the following regional organizations and networks: NEPAD, African Union, Southern African Development Community (SADC) HIV and AIDS unit, the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), the UN Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance (CHGA), the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, IFPRI's 2020 Vision Network, the Southern African Migration Project, the INDEPTH network, the Durban AIDS conference network, the World Food Program Regional HIV/AIDS technical support team in southern Africa, the Africa Centre for Food Security (ACFS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and the Southern African Network of People Living with HIV (NAP+ SAR) and the East African Network of People Living with HIV (NAP+ EAR).

Internationally, there have also been significant interactions and collaborations with key constituencies such as UNAIDS and country-level UN Theme Groups on AIDS, FAO, World Food Programme, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNDP, UN RIACSO, UNECA, civil society groups (including Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children), Rockefeller Foundation, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Global Health Council, and bilateral agencies including Irish Aid, SIDA, IDRC, USAID, UK DFID, and the Government of Norway.

RENEWAL, from time to time, also draws upon resources from an informal international support group of individuals with expertise in field research in agriculture, nutrition and public health. These individuals - many of whom have already participated in RENEWAL activities – may work alongside country stakeholders, and assist in developing frameworks, refining methods, peer-reviewing proposals, and enhancing capacity through both formal and less formal means.

Finally, key stakeholders and partners in RENEWAL are its donors (whom we prefer to view as partners and investors). The current phase of RENEWAL is fortunate to be supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Irish Aid. Other investors, to whom RENEWAL is also indebted, include the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the USAID Food for Peace Government of Norway, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the World Food Programme.