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  • ARASA : The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

    http://www.arasa.info/ Overview: The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of over seventy non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working together to promote a rights-based response to HIV and TB in east and southern Africa through capacity strengthening and advocacy. The ARASA partners comprise a diverse mix of more and less well-established organisations, which allows for the effective facilitation of sharing of expertise, experience and good practices amongst its partners, thus tapping into the expertise of its stronger partners to build the capacity of its less experienced partners. ARASA is the only regional organisation that is structured in the form of a partnership of country-based CSOs working together to promote human rights and health in the context of HIV and TB in east and southern Africa. The niche for ARASA, as a regional organisation, and its added value among the many CSOs found in east and southern Africa is unquestionable: • The act of building strategic alliances, raising consciousness, building a regional, holistic and integrated analysis and providing the tools to facilitate the inclusion of human rights in HIV and AIDS work requires some leadership. ARASA was created to provide that leadership. • The task of including human rights in HIV and AIDS responses in a region which is still grappling with human rights issues requires the expansion of the “choir of those singing the human rights song”; it is about building a political force and political action, using the power of numbers. This task requires coordination and facilitation and ARASA is doing that. • Catalysing and cultivating voices of affected people from the epicenter of the epidemic, speaking on key human rights issues affecting national and regional responses to AIDS and amplifying those voices at the international level through participation in strategic AIDS policy discussions is a key aspect of work for ARASA. ARASA’s purpose is to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights to safeguard the health status of all, especially of people living with HIV and TB and key populations at higher risk of HIV and TB, including LGBTI, sex workers, people who use drugs and prisoners. Status: Non-profit trust registered with the Master of the High Court in Namibia. Governance: ARASA is governed by a six member Board of Trustees, all of whom occupy their positions in their capacity as representatives of the founding organisations of the partners. The board is responsible for setting the overall strategy and policy objectives for the organisation and approving the annual budget and audited financial statements. The board of trustees meet twice a year – once by way of teleconference and once in person. Staff: The ARASA support team consists of 11 staff members and operates out of the head office in Windhoek, Namibia as well as offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The overall management of ARASA is the responsibility of the Director, who reports to the Board of Trustees. Senior management comprises the Director, the Deputy Director and the Finance Manager. The latter two report to the Director. Each programme area is led by a Team Leader, both of whom report to the Deputy Director. Programme Officers engaged in each programme area report to their respective team leader. ARASA also supports the employment of HIV, TB and Human Rights Programme Co-ordinators at its partner organisations Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in Malawi as well as the Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) in Zambia for the implementation of ARASA- supported HIV,TB and human rights capacity strengthening and advocacy country programmes. Goals and Strategy: 1. To support and strengthen the capacity (a) of civil society organisations in southern and east Africa to effectively advocate for, and (b) of service providers and policy makers to provide, a human rights response to SRHR, HIV and TB at national, regional and global levels, using the ARASA partnership, with a particular focus on people living with HIV and TB and key populations at higher risk of HIV and TB; 2. To support and strengthen advocacy by civil society, especially people living with HIV and TB and key populations at higher risk of HIV and TB for their health and human rights; and 3. To strengthen the partnership and the sustainability of partner organisations working at national and community levels. Main Focus Areas: Capacity strengthening on HIV, TB and human rights for civil society, policy makers, law enforcement and service providers in southern and east Africa. Advocacy for a rights based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa.
  • GATE : Global Action for Trans* Equality

    http://transactivists.org/about/ Overview: GATE is an international trans* organization, whose mission is to promote trans* people’s human rights, produce and make available critical knowledge on trans* issues and support trans* organizing worldwide. GATE work is focused on three main areas: trans* access to funding, the reform of the international classification of diseases and trans* issues in the international HIV response. Status: GATE is not officially registered yet. We work with two fiscal sponsors: ASTRAEA (US) and T-IMAGE (The Netherlands) Governance: International Advisory Board made up of seven members, all of them trans* activists and experts. Staff: Two Co-Directors and two Executive Assistants divided between our offices in New York and Buenos Aires. Goals and Strategy: GATE work is oriented by three main goals: 1. Contribute to increase available funds and expand funding opportunities for trans* activists, organizations and networks. Strategies: o Produce reliable data and critical analysis on the current funding situation affecting trans* activism. o Engage committed funders to review current funding dynamics. o Promote critical dialog between trans* activists and funders. 2. Contribute to the removal of ICD-10 trans*- pathologizing diagnoses and the introduction of the best possible diagnostic categories in ICD-11. Strategies: o Provide technical and political input to WHO. o Produce and make available critical knowledge on the process. o Expand trans* participation in the process. 3. Contribute to improve the international HIV response focused on trans* people. • Participate in key decision making processes (such as the creation of the new funding model at the Global Fund). • Expand critical articulations with other organizations and networks representing key affected populations. • Promote trans* participation in decision making processes. Main Focus Areas: • Trans* Access to Funding • ICD Reform • Trans* Issues in the HIV response Additional Areas: • Intersex and bodily diversity issues. • Gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity issues at the international and regional human rights systems.
  • GNP+ : Global Network of People Living with HIV

    http://www.gnpplus.net/ Overview: GNP+ is a global network for people living with HIV, and advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. As a network of networks, GNP+ is driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide. Based on emancipation and self-determination, GNP+ works with independent and autonomous regional and national networks of people living with HIV in all continents. Status: International Secretariat, under the guidance and oversight of an international board of people living with HIV. Governance: GNP+ works closely with national and regional networks of people living with HIV in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America. Regional networks in these regions prime influence on GNP+ policy as each of these networks nominate two representatives to the Board of GNP+, one male and one female. Board members serve a two year term, with the Board having at least one face to face meeting annually. A recent change in the GNP+ constitution has seen changes in the composition of the Board to include people living with HIV from key population networks and key partners. A Secretariat Council consisting of the two Co-chairs, Treasurer and up to three other Board members, supports the GNP+ International Coordinator / CEO in ensure an effective and representative organisation that answers to the needs of people living with HIV worldwide. Staff: 10 Vision: Our vision is to realise a powerful, united social movement of people living with HIV that places the voices and leadership of people living with HIV at the centre of the response to the HIV pandemic. Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV at the national, regional and international levels. GNP+ is based on shared principles that include a commitment to ensuring that the network is driven by its constituency’s needs, the understanding that HIV is a human rights issue, an acknowledgement of the need to address gender inequalities, and a commitment to solidarity, hope, compassion, inclusion, and diversity. The goal of GNP+, as stated in the Strategic Plan, is equitable access to health and social services for people living with HIV through focusing on social justice, rights and involvement. This will be achieved through GNP’s purpose, which is to promote the greater and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy development (the GIPA principle). Main focus areas: • global advocacy • knowledge management • community strengthening and development
  • INPUD : The International Network of People who Use Drugs

    https://www.facebook.com/INPUD Overview: The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a global network of people who use drugs (current and former) who support the Vancouver Declaration, which sets out to demand that the human rights of people who use drugs should be respected and for harm reduction measures to be put in place to protect individual and public health. Governance: Board made up of seven members, including: • chair • vice-chair • treasurer • secretary • three ordinary members Staff: 3, Executive Director, Operations and Communications Coordinator, Programmes Coordinator Membership: 500 individual members representing 150 national and local peer based organisations of people who use drugs from more than 80 countries in all five continents. 1230 Twitter followers 1429 Facebook followers Goals and Strategy: • to advocate and lobby at the international level for the rights of people who use drugs • to maintain an organization that is effective, transparent, and accountable to its membership • to promote effective prevention, treatment, care, and support for people who use drugs who are living with and affected by HIV, Hepatitis, TB and other relevant health issues • to advocate for intermediate reforms to drug laws in order to reduce the criminalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs while striving in the longer term to an end to prohibition • to support and seed the development of self-determining networks of drug users that advocate for the health, citizenship, and human rights of people who use drugs • to promote and advocate for harm reduction as a means of supporting safer drug use and reducing drug related harm among people who use drugs • to build alliances with like-minded organizations and broader civil society to further the aims of INPUD Main Focus Areas: • advocacy • communication • social mobilization • technical assistance
  • ITPC : International Treatment Preparedness Coalition

    http://www.itpcglobal.org/ Overview: ITPC is a global network of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and their supporters working to secure access to treatment for those in need. Its formation parallels the dramatic increase in HIV treatment access for those living in middle- and low-income countries. ITPC was created in 2003 when a group of 125 treatment activists from around the world, including over 65 countries of the Global South gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss how to expedite access to treatment for the millions in need of it. Today, ITPC is the community’s voice on HIV treatment access. Our mobilization and advocacy initiatives have continuously engaged local, grassroots community members who push to overcome policies and other barriers that imperil their health and human rights. In addressing community needs and fostering solutions, ITPC activists have built nine robust, thriving regional networks of PLHIV and their allies to expand access to treatment. The regional networks were initially developed in order to serve as structures for community-driven grantmaking to support grassroots groups and emerging social entrepreneurs responding to local community HIV treatment access and preparedness needs. For a decade, ITPC has been at the forefront of PLHIV and community efforts to increase and sustain the momentum. As a grassroots coalition of community activists and organizations with a bottom-up and non-bureaucratic structure, ITPC catalyzes and capitalizes on synergies and linkages across different regions that would not otherwise be realized. Moreover, as an international coalition on treatment access for PLHIV, ITPC has been an active participant in advising global institutions such as UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the development of their global strategies on HIV. Status: The ITPC Global Secretariat is currently unregistered and is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a US-based noprofit organization; however the ITPC Global Secretariat will register independently in South Africa by the end of 2014. Governance: ITPC is governed by a Global Advisory Board which currently includes seven members. The board officers are: • Morolake Odetoyinbo, Chair • Gregg Gonsalves, Vice Chair • Addie J. Guttag, Treasurer The board has resolved to recruit and build a new board after registering in South Africa in accordance with applicable national laws, and that the board will ideally number between nine and twelve members who include regional representatives of PLHIV and key affected population members as well as experts selected for their experience and expertise. Staff: 14 (including the ITPC Global Secretariat and the leaders of the ITPC regional networks) Membership: ITPC defines members broadly as supporters including, but not limited to, constituents, beneficiaries, grantees, partners, implementers, advocates, and individuals and organizations. Goals and Strategy: Vision: We work to secure longer, healthier, and more productive lives for people living with HIV, their families, and their communities. Mission: To enable communities in need to access HIV treatment. The goals, objectives, and advocacy issues prioritized under ITPC’s strategic direction for 2012 through 2014 are: Goal I KNOWLEDGE: Increase community knowledge on the scientific, political and socio-economic aspects and management of HIV and related infections. Objectives: • educate people living with HIV and affected communities on comprehensive treatment literacy; and • facilitate the creation and sharing of community knowledge, experiences, and tools within networks. Goal 2 ADVOCATE: Support advocacy by PLHIV and affected communities in all aspects of decision-making in order to ensure access to optimal – client-centered, high quality, uninterrupted, affordable, and linked with diagnostics and other health services – prevention, treatment, care and support services. Objectives: • support PLHIV and affected communities to strengthen their advocacy and leadership for scaling up access to testing, treatment and ongoing care; and • advocate for international consensus and action on optimal HIV treatment accessible to everyone in need. Goal 3 BUILD: Strengthen individual, community and network capacity, mobilization and leadership in order to scale-up and maintain high-quality HIV-related treatment access. Objectives: • support community organizations and networks to influence decision-making on HIV; and • recruit, train and mentor AIDS activists and activist leaders, and to provide opportunities for them to influence decision-makers and support each other through grantmaking and other strategies. The advocacy foci which ITPC has prioritized under our current strategic direction are: • treatment optimization: better, simpler, more affordable drugs and services for all PLHIV; • lifelong treatment for all HIV positive pregnant and lactating women; and • just, fair intellectual property and trade policies that advance and do not impede access to affordable, life-saving HIV medication for all those in need.

    http://www.msmgf.org/ Overview: MSMGF advocates for equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services tailored to the needs of gay men and other MSM. The MSMGF coalition involves a wide range of people directly affected by the HIV epidemic, and other experts in health, human rights, research, and policy. MSMGF works with government agencies, national and regional NGOs, and networks of key populations. MSMGF provides: technical support to ensure a human rights framework is employed in the response to HIV among MSM; integrates the specific sexual health concerns of MSM and transgender people into mainstream health services; builds the capacity of MSM-led or focused organizations working locally to adopt evidence-based HIV-related programs; conducts community-based research focused on understanding facilitators and barriers to HIV service access; and facilitates information exchange and networking among MSM advocates. Governance: The MSMGF’s governance is a reflection of its commitment to upholding a diverse global perspective on issues concerning the health and human rights of MSM. The MSMGF is led by an international Board of Directors and a collegially appointed Steering Committee of globally recognized advocates and HIV and AIDS professionals representing every major region of the world. Staff: 14 Membership: Over 3,000 from across 1800 organizations representing 160 countries 3150 Facebook Followers 2668 Twitter Followers VISION The MSMGF envisions a world where the health and human rights of all men who have sex with men are actively recognized, realized, and respected. MISSION To advocate for equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men and other MSM, including gay men and MSM living with HIV, while promoting their health and human rights worldwide. VALUES In all of our work, the MSMGF foregrounds the values of human rights, self-determination, and working in coalition. We employ approaches that are community-led, strengths-based, sex positive, critically reflexive, evidence informed, and results oriented. By integrating these values into our policy, programs, research, and communications strategies, we strive to combine the full range of contributions generated by our constituents with methods that achieve smart, effective, and cost-efficient outcomes. STRATEGY The MSMGF works to achieve its goals through advocacy, community systems strengthening, networking, knowledge production, and information exchange, sustained over time at the global level. Consistent with the established values of GIPA, the MSMGF strives to involve MSM living with HIV at all levels of its strategy, policy development, and implementation. Deliverables are outlined in a Strategic Work Plan developed triennially by the Steering Committee and the Secretariat. Technical support delivered by the MSMGF aims to improve the quality and access of health services, increase meaningful engagement of marginalized communities in various national AIDS planning processes, and strengthen advocacy leadership. TECHNICAL SUPPORT We train activists to effectively lobby their respective governments for an improved HIV response and we sensitize and train health professionals to engage our communities meaningfully. The MSMGF directly supports more than 30 community-based organizations across 17 countries serving communities of men who have sex with men through one-on-one technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchange, and onward funding. In addition, the MSMGF produces web seminars, develops training curricula, designs program management tools, and disseminates strategic information to thousands of other advocates, health professionals, donors, implementers and policy makers across the globe. Brazil Cambodia Cameroon Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Ecuador El Salvador Ghana Honduras Kenya Lebanon Morocco Nigeria Tunisia Uganda Vietnam Zimbabwe
  • NSWP : Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)

    http://www.nswp.org Overview: NSWP exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers. It advocates for rights based health and social services, freedom from abuse and discrimination, and self-determination for sex workers. Status: Not for profit limited company Governance: Board made up of 11 members, including: • president • vice-president • eight ordinary members • one non-voting member Membership: Membership is made up of are sex worker groups (the majority), small NGOs, and projects within government organizations or international NGOs, whose work focuses mainly on health issues. Members work in a variety of areas, including: • providing services • advocacy • mobilizing to reduce vulnerability • addressing human rights Goals and Strategy: • provide practical information and opportunities for information sharing among organizations and projects, which provide services to men, women, and transgender men and women who work in the sex industry • raise awareness of the health and welfare needs of sex workers • advocate at regional and global level for policies and action, which further the human rights of sex workers • develop and maintain links between service providers, sex worker organizations, and relevant international institutions and agencies • facilitate opportunities for the voices of sex workers to be heard in relevant international forums Main Focus Areas: • communications • advocacy • capacity building • solidarity • governance and accountability • management practices

Strengthening community capacity through the provision of peer-led technical support.