Gender and HIV/AIDS

Gender and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming are considered as transversal issues in the RLDP. Although Gender and HIV and AIDS are linked together considering overlapping of power relations between men and women, but at RLDP they are treated as separate topics. Through market facilitation role, RLDP struggles against market pressure to make the program a gender sensitive. Emphasis is directed toward achieving gender and social equity in the program to create equal opportunities for both men and women, allow both developing full potential and exercising their rights as human beings. More effort is directed toward improving decision making regarding household finances, to reduce women workload and raise women income. For HIV and AIDS, RLDP undertakes intervention to protect its beneficiaries against new infection through collaborating with active partners in the central corridor to create awareness on HIV and AIDS, promoting the use of condoms, encourage undertaking Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and Patient Initiated Counseling and Testing (PICT) services.


Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM)

As a market development programme, RLDP strongly advocate for the social accountability mechanisms that contribute to improved governance, increased development effectiveness through better private and public service delivery and empowerment at all levels from household level to central government level. It about becoming accountable citizenship.

The social accountability avenues at RLDP has been identified through farmers’ associations, business member organisations like BOFA, KIHAMA and Oridoy Cooperative Society, also through RLDP membership to other associations like ANSAF, ACT and through arrangements such as contract farming between smallholder producers and processors.

RLDP monitors basic elements of the social accountability such as the level of association of small producers and their full representation at regional and national levels.