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Twinning U.S. and African AIDS Organizations: NMAC Training in U.S. Cities

March 30, 2001

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), working with the U.S. Office of AIDS Research (OAR), will be holding a series of 4-day workshops on partnerships between U.S. and African AIDS organizations. Two African organizers -- selected by a coalition of African organizations -- will attend each of these workshops.

The following dates and locations were announced April 20, 2001:

  • May 15-18 in Seattle (with Martha Nthenge who works at KANCO, Nairobi, Kenya and Amina Ridwani, who works with MAWA, in Mombasa, Kenya); for more information about the Seattle meeting, see:;

  • June, to be announced;


  • July 10-13, in New York City;

  • July 31 - August 3, in San Juan, Puerto Rico;

  • October, in San Antonio, Texas; and

  • October 30 - November 2, New Orleans.

From the Announcement:

What Is Twinning?

Twinning is a formal, substantive collaboration between two organizations. The word formal implies that there is an agreement or contract that is either written or verbal which substantively indicates that the interaction is significant and that it lasts for a period of time. Twinning should be two-way in order for both organizations to benefit from the collaboration and learn from each other.

Twinning is a type of collaboration that is critical to the success of the work that HIV/AIDS organizations do. Collaboration implies that two organizations are working with each other on a specific project to exchange information or skills. If twinning is carried out successfully, vital information is exchanged between the organizations. This exchange of significant information allows them to create opportunities to work together.

Benefits of Twinning

  • Strengthening capacity

  • Identification and sharing of best practices

  • Increased program effectiveness

  • Decreased cultural barriers

  • Relationship building

  • Networking

  • Solidarity

  • Building of a global movement

Follow Up

It is our hope that in February of 2002 [NMAC] will bring the 12 NGOs from Africa who participated in this program back to the US to once again meet with their twinned NMAC constituents. This meeting will be a follow-up to evaluate the process, make recommendations for future activities and to continue the process and benefits of twinning.

It is also NMAC's hope that should the process work well with these African NGOs, that we will broaden our reach during our 2002 regionals to include NGOs from Central and South America as well as South East Asia and India.

How to Get Involved

Attend one of the NMAC Regional Trainings 2001. Two African NGOs will attend each of our regional trainings starting in Seattle (see schedule above), different African NGOs will attend the remaining 6 trainings. Please review the twinning document and learn more about the regional training by going to: (after the Seattle meeting, you may need to start at:

If you want to be considered as a potential "twin," please contact Jay Blackwell, Email:, phone 1-202-234-5120.

ISSN # 1052-4207

Copyright 2001 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.

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