The new UNAIDS global report, out last week, argues that achieving bold new global AIDS targets will require that community services become a significantly larger part of the AIDS response. The report estimates the share of AIDS resources dedicated to community services and mobilization need to more than triple in the next six years, from 1% today to 3.6% by 2020. (That is at page 21, here.)
At the same time, there are widespread and increasing reports of reduced funding for the civil society response. Reversing that trend is critical to progress against the AIDS epidemic and will be a focus of our work at the UNAIDS community mobilization division.
We are beginning a process of documenting trends in funding for civil society, and the strategic investments needed in the future. This will include a survey of civil society organizations we’ll be sending out in the coming weeks.
For now, here are some resources that might be useful.
- Information on the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender Technical Assistance program is here. The aim of the program is to ensure civil society organizations are meaningfully engaged in the country dialogue and concept note development processes.
- An new interview we did with Daniel Wolfe, Director of International Harm Reduction Development at the Open Society Foundations. Daniel talks about trends in donor funding and strategies for community organizations seeking funds. The interview is here.
- A recent posting from MSF making the case for investment in community-led services, here.
- An article in the New York Times from July detailing three successful HIV programs based in their communities, here.
- Suggestions on developing a case for support for community organizations, here.
Also, thank you to everyone who submitted comments on the draft global HIV prevention and non-discrimination global targets – the comments are now being reviewed and we’ll send a detailed response to everyone who sent in thoughts. A perspective on the new targets, the Fast Track initiative, and how they can be useful in advocacy for accelerated service scale up is here.
Finally, from the GAP Report on groups left behind in the HIV response, there is now a compilation of epidemiology and graphics slides, grouped by population, here.
As always, let us know how we can help.
Chief, Community Mobilization Division, UNAIDS
Gillian Dolce, MS
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
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