In 2007 STOP AIDS NOW and HIVOS started a pilot project “Integrating HIV and AIDS into Microfinance” in Central America, Uganda and Tanzania. HIV poses not only challenges for clients of microfinance institutions (MFIs) but also for the MFIs themselves. The rationale of the pilot is that that MFIs should cooperate with AIDS Service Organizations and networks of People Living with HIV as poor people affected by HIV do not only have financial needs to generate an income for their household and cover extra costs that come with the illness, but also need information, medical and moral support.
STOP AIDS NOW requested an evaluation of the pilot project in order to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the pilot and to draw lessons from it that can be used for developing a long-term follow up project in Uganda and Tanzania. CDR worked with a multidisciplinary and international team of consultants in Africa and Central America.
Location: Central America, Uganda and Tanzania