in South Africa, we do a lot of work both domestically and in the rest
of sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia,
and Kenya. We have also worked in Mexico, India, the Philippines and
Some of Nozizwe Consulting's clients and collaborators
Cabbage Tree Communications - South
Background research, report-writing and editing;
for socio-economic situational analysis reports for Zambia and
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - South Africa/USA
field research; funded to conduct exploratory community-based study
of family and psycho-social implications of early infant HIV testing
in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Study currently in progress.
Center for Research on Women (ICRW) - Washington, D.C.
assistance in programmatic monitoring and evaluation; to grantees
within Women and Girls’ Property and Inheritance
Rights Small Grants Program. Assistance entailed help
with proposal writing, constructing log frames and monitoring and
evaluation plans to groups in Zambia (Justice for Widows and Orphans
Project (JWOP) - soon to begin in Lusaka, Zambia), Malawi (Women's
Voice - Blantyre, Malawi) and Kenya (Young Women's Advancement
Program (YWAP) - Nairobi, Kenya).
Other technical assistance activities for the Small Grants Program
included conducting 5-day monitoring and evaluation training workshop
for 8 grantees that covered principles of evaluation, evaluation
study design, log frame construction, indicators, research ethics
and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Undertook data collection for and preparation of a situational analysis
case study for JWOP in Zambia.
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) - South Africa
analysis and manuscript preparation; analysis of data from three
community-based PMTCT studies from KwaZulu/Natal Province, Free State
and Limpopo Province, South Africa. Studies explored the influence
of social and community dynamics on effectiveness of clinic-based PMTCT
services in each province using qualitative and quantitative data collection
methodologies. C. Varga was principal investigator on each field study.
To date two manuscripts have been submitted for publication with others
currently in preparation (with H.Brookes).
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – Nigeria
Technical assistance in monitoring
and evaluation to Foundation grantees in Population and Reproductive
Health and Higher Education Program Areas; conducted 2-day
monitoring and evaluation training workshops with grantees
from each program area. Training covered principles of evaluation,
evaluation study design, log frame construction, indicators,
research ethics and quantitative and qualitative data collection
National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) - South
Socio-behavioral research and monitoring and evaluation;
a multi-pronged immunology learning program for clinical pediatricians.
Work included conducting a qualitative needs analysis among South
African pediatricians focused on the role of immunology in diagnosis,
care and treatment of children with HIV/AIDS. The needs analysis
served as the basis for constructing the learning program components,
including an interactive web-based learning and informational tool.
Also in charge of design and implementation of an 18-month monitoring
and evaluation of all program components.
Speak Out - South Africa
Technical assistance in
monitoring and evaluation to organizational members during annual general
meeting; general overview seminar on principles of monitoring and evaluation.
Operation Lifeline Southern Sudan (OLS) - Nairobi, Kenya
assistance in developing socio-behavioral field research
project and protocols on safe motherhood; activities included drafting
qualitative and quantitative protocols, devising sampling strategies,
databases and data analysis plans, training fieldworkers and
conducting narrative research workshops in southern Sudan.
University of KwaZulu/Natal Medical School (Dept. of Pediatrics)
- South Africa
Training in and facilitation of
narrative research workshop on PMTCT and infant feeding issues
in urban community settings.
The methodologies used in the work included
participatory narrative techniques, community-based questionnaires,
in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The results of
that research informed new national policies on infant feeding
and PMTCT, and showed clearly that clinic-based PMTCT programmes
need to take into account community and traditional decision-making
structures with respect to maternal-child health.