Stakeholder analysis is a powerful tool for increasing inclusion in health programmes

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5. INTRODUCTION
Strengthening civil-state interactions

Identifying the civic organisations to work with

Working with communities
Supporting information exchange

Other skills
Checking our progress

Interactive exercise

Stakeholder analysis can thus be used to identify and map civil society groups, their roles, relations and interests, and to define appropriate forms of participation within health programmes. When such analysis is done in a participatory manner, it strengthens joint planning of proposed work.

For example, participatory mapping of the environmental context and stakeholders has been a primary step in building sustained HIV/AIDS prevention interventions which reach and involve groups such as commercial sex workers that may have otherwise been marginalized.