•  To assess how HIV/AIDS affects agriculture, health and education sectors based on comparative regional and country case studies by taking into account sector and regional variations;
  • To evaluate how well the HIV/AIDS epidemic is taken into account in poverty reduction strategies based on comparative regional and country case studies;
  •  To study the condition of HIV/AIDS orphans in relation to forced migration, interruption of education, insufficient emotional care, inadequate nutrition, shelter and clothing, and lack of legal protection of orphans’ property, based on comparative regional and country case studies;
  •     To study the relationship between gender and HIV/AIDS with reference to power imbalance and women’s rights;
  •     To study the status of AIDS victims with reference to coping strategies and social support based on comparative regional and country case studies; and
  •     Based on the research findings, to provide policy-makers and development practitioners with options for tackling the various socio-cultural and economic problems emanating from the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Committed to its conviction of maintaining the teaching and research capacity in Africa, the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is offering Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grants to successful applicants based in Eastern or Southern Africa. Proposals may be submitted by researchers from any of the disciplines in the social sciences involving applied social and economic analysis of contemporary development issues.


  •     Research assessing the economic, social, and gender impacts of HIV/AIDS in Africa
  •     Examining response mechanisms and recommending policy options and strategies for tackling negative impacts of HIV/AIDS

Project Period (2003 - 2006)
Current Status:Completed

Countries Covered

  •         In 2003: Case studies focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe
  •         In 2004: Case studies focusing on Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

OSSREA Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

The OSSREA 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan is a blue print that guides the activities of the Secretariat and its National Chapters for the period 2016 to 2020. Download the PDF version and be informed about the planned intervention areas.

OSSREA Annual Reports

OSSREA publishes and freely disseminates the status of all its current activities regarding research, capacity development, publication, dissemination, financial and administration in an annual report form. The annual reports are avialable for download in PDF format.

OSSREA Catalogue

The OSSREA catalogue which is updated yearly contains short information about the publications of OSSREA. The PDF version of the catalogue is freely available for download. Download now the 2013 Catalogue to find out more about the publications of OSSREA.

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