SIAAP Core Capacities

Our core capacities to help design and deliver interventions is built upon the capabilities approach to ensure that affected people design and drive the response. We work towards:

Social Justice: Marginalisation to Mainstream that takes project to people and thereby address power and equity rather than just risk reduction as a strategy, thereby promoting sustainable human solutions.

Partnerships: Fostering Partnerships with the very population that is being addressed by Government and Donors.

Solutions at Scale: Rapid scaling up by promoting skills and capabilities through adaptive pedagogy that breaks conventions and is based on evidence.

Sustainable solutions with local relevance: Developing context specific and relatively population specific solutions that can allow local people to take greater control of solutions.

Populations covered include Individuals, communities, government, civil societies, especially women,  vulnerable children and adolescent girls and boys, young women, sex workers, and sexual minorities.

Geographies covered include TN, AP, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and the North East.

Our capacities are in 6 areas

  • Sexual and reproductive health (SRHR)

Sexuality, Sexual orientation, Sexual health, STIs and HIV/AIDS,  Prevention, Treatment adherence, Discordance, HIV+ Adolescents, STIs/HIV, Unwanted pregnancies, Abortions, Infertility, Sexual rights, Interpersonal communication between partners and peers.

  • Gender Based Violence

Stigma & Discrimination, Trauma & Crisis Intervention,  Female feticide and infanticide, Family counselling (facilitating acknowledgement by families of violence in the home, and planning for prevention)

  • Vulnerable children, and children in conflict with law

Work in 33 districts with Children in conflict with law and other vulnerable children through District Child protection Offices in Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh.

  • Positive Relationships

Worked with over 2000 communities on intimate partner, parent/child, family & workplace relationships.


  1. CAPACITY BUILDING (1992-present)

Our USP is to build agency and ownership using the capabilities approach.

All our capacity building efforts are built on field experiences through piloting innovative models to address issues related to broad themes of inequality, gender based violence, human rights and ethics, and policies and practices of tolerance and acceptance.  We are NACO certification – Grade ‘A’ Training Institution.

  • Counselling and Support supervision

Trained and supervised over 8,000 counsellors in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala including at ICTCs, District Child Protection Offices and Community counsellors across TN and AP. Our approach is based on client-centred therapies including arts based therapy (ABT).

  • Agency building for Community Ownership

Trained over 300 NGOs/CBOs in methods to build agency and ownership of affected people in diverse areas including STIs/HIV, sexuality, sexual health, mental health, employability, leadership, savings & credit, and gender based violence.

  • Employability preparedness

Prepared approximately 8,000 young women using a training cycle comprising two week employability preparedness, link with skilling courses, and ongoing mentoring and supervision for six months.

  • Exclusion, Stigma & Discrimination

Trained over 1500 healthcare providers and policy makers across India on HIV related S&D. Built capacities of CBOs of key populations to successfully challenge S&D legally and operationally.


  1. IMPACT EVALUATION (2002-present)

Assisted UNICEF, NACO, UNAIDS, and WHO on impact evaluation of ICTCs, PPTCT programmes, Link Worker Schemes, and Nutrition schemes in TN, AP, Maharashtra, Assam, Kryghistan


  • Between 1993-1997, established network of 52 peer-based HIV prevention interventions and 18 CBOs for sex workers, truckers, MSM and PLHAs in South India. Adapted and scaled up as TIs by APAC, DFID, and KHPT respectively.
  • Between 1997-2003, established 150 STIs/HIV counselling centres in government hospitals across South India. Adapted and scaled up as ICTCs by NACO.
  • Between 2001-2010, established 10 savings and credit cooperatives for sex workers, and disabled people.
  • Between 2006-2009, Sarvojana coalition established a network of 7 community based voluntary counselling and testing centres for KPs across South India. CBT approach currently adopted by NACO. Over 4,50,000 people reached, and over 1,50,000 counselled, tested and linked to ART.
  • Between 2009-2013, established integrated sexual and mental health, and employability preparedness initiatives with 3,50,000 young people in 13 districts in TN. Over 1,50,000 people accessed STI care and over 5000 young women linked to employment.
  • Between 2012-2015, Sarvojana coalition pioneered agency building methodologies for sex workers in TN, AP, Karnataka. Focus on relationships with intimate partner and children, resilience, and social capital.
  • Between 2015-ongoing, working on model to address feticide through agency building and advocacy with rural communities, service providers and policy makers in Kadapa district, AP. Reach approximately 3,50,000 beneficiaries.


  1. GENDER BASED VIOLENCE (1992-present)
  • Education & sensitization

Over 4,00,000 community members in TN AP on gender rights and practices.

Over 20,000 children in schools on gender equality.

  • Policy making

Member, NACO TRG, SC panel, TNSACS EC to address gender based violence on sex workers & sexual minorities

  • Legal Awareness Training

For communities, NGOs/CBOs, service providers, and policy makers on IPC, ITPA, Sec 377, HIV/AIDS Act, CEDAW, POCSO, NALSA, Nirbhaya Act.



Sexual and Mental Health

Coping with physical and psychological changes

Family, school, culture and environment

Positive relationships

Nicotine and alcohol use

Safety, abuse, crisis intervention

Suicide and self-harm

Dreams, goals, and capacities

Confidence, leadership, and employability