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1. INTRODUCTION 2
2. THE INTERNSHIP HOST 3
DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES 3
THE MICRO-CREDIT PROGRAMME 4
COMMUNITY-BASED STRATEGY 6
3. DISCUSSION OF REACH OUT’S DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES 7
HIV/AIDS PREVENTION STRATEGIES 7
ADDRESSING ’THE CAUSES’ OF HIV/AIDS? 8
MICRO-CREDIT AS A POVERTY ERADICATION STRATEGY 10
4. THE INTERNSHIP TASKS 12
PREPARATION 13
FIELDWORK 13
REPORT WRITING AND WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH FINDINGS 14
CHALLENGES WHEN UNDERTAKING THE TASKS 14
5. METHODOLOGICAL DISCUSSIONS 16
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BUSINESS TRAINING 16
PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT 17
RESEARCH METHODS 18
RESEARCH DESIGN 18
FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS 18
SELECTING A SAMPLE 19
DEVELOPING THE QUESTIONNAIRES 19
TRANSLATION 20
BEING A MZUNGU 21
QUANTITATIVE VERSUS QUALITATIVE METHODS 21
6. DISCUSSION OF THE TASKS AND THE OUTCOMES OF THE INTERNSHIP 23
OUTCOMES OF THE INTERNSHIP 23
RESEARCH RESULTS 23
THE TASKS SET IN A DEVELOPMENT CONTEXT 24
CAPACITY BUILDING? 24
SUSTAINABILITY/OWNERSHIP 25
SPEAKING WITH AUTHORITY AS A FOREIGNER OR? 25
CONCLUSION 27
REFERENCES 29
APPENDICES 31
APPENDIX 1: TERMS OF REFERENCE 31
APPENDIX 2: REACH OUT LEAFLET 35

This internship report deals with my internship with the organisation Reach Out Mbuya Parish
HIV/AIDS Initiative in Kampala, Uganda in January-June 2006.
Thematically, the discussions in this report revolve around HIV/AIDS as a social and
economic issue. The report particularly deals with development efforts that try to mitigate the
socio-economic effects of HIV/AIDS, both for the individual living with HIV/AIDS and for
society at large, while also trying to reduce poverty-related vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in
affected families. The report also deals with providing support and treatment for people living
with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as a way to fight stigma against AIDS. Finally, the discussions
revolve around micro-credit as a way to reduce poverty and particularly ensure financial self-
sustainability for PLWHA.
The report discusses methods to evaluate the impact of micro-credit schemes, and the benefits
and challenges of trying to conduct participatory training as a way to improve the loan takers
skills in running small-scale businesses. I discuss the challenges with engaging in various
capacity building efforts, including discussing issues of sustainability and the dilemmas of
sending ‘development experts’ from a foreign country to a local organisation.
Finally I also reflect upon the outcome of the internship both for the organisation and their
development objectives at large and personally for me. In this context I reflect upon how the
and to what extent the qualifications I have gained from my previous education at RUC were
useful in this internship.
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