Best Practices

Focusing consciously on incorporating a gender perspective into HIV/AIDS-related work can help institutionalise practices that may previously have occurred infrequently or casually.1

What are best practices?

They are examples of successful activities, programs and projects. Best practices apply existing knowledge, improve it, and document what is learned so that any new understanding can be shared with others.

Of course, nothing is perfect. There is always room to make things better.

According to UNAIDS’ document Gender and AIDS – Best Practices that Work, a key element in best practices is that they enable persons and organizations working in the field of HIV/AIDS to:

  • avoid “re-inventing the wheel” because they provide details of lessons learned
  • provide a clear way to continue learning how to improve and adapt strategies and activities through feedback, reflection and analysis

It is very important to keep a record of achievements. Having clear details about successful experiences “helps practitioners address their own particular and unique situations with the benefit of other peoples’ hindsight. It also allows knowledge and understanding of what works to be refined over time.”2

For more information about an organizational approach to best practices, their importance and how they can be structured, we recommend the International Labour Organizations’ background report Workplace action on HIV/AIDS. A link to the PDF of the report is on the employment page of our Resources section.


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1Gender & AIDS – Best Practices that Work module, Maria de Bruyn, UNAIDS, PDF online as of June 2011
2 Workplace action on HIV/AIDS: identifying and sharing best practice, background report for tripartite inter-regional meeting on best practices in HIV/AIDS workplace policies and programs, International Labour Organization, December 2003