A subgroup of Country Platforms within Prolinnova jointly developed ideas for learning and action related to Participatory Innovation Development (PID) in the face of HIV/AIDS. In January 2008, the HAPID (HIV/AIDS and PID) subproject was launched. The initial two years were funded by the Netherlands Directorate for International Cooperation (DGIS) under the Community-Led Natural Resource Management programme implemented jointly by Prolinnova and COMPAS (Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development). The Prolinnova country platforms involved initially in HAPID were those in Ghana–South, Mozambique and South Africa.
The HAPID initiative started with exploratory work to find out how organisations involved in Prolinnova and local organisations supporting HIV/AIDS-affected households could strengthen their programmes. The initial study aims at: 1) understanding the implications of HIV/AIDS on research and development work; 2) understanding how local innovation allows households and communities to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS, with special attention to women’s roles and decision-making abilities, and (3) developing and sharing strategies and approaches for integrating local innovation and PID in agriculture and natural resource management into efforts to avoid/prevent HIV/AIDS and mitigate its effects.