Sex worker with outreach workers, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
policy and advocacy help form engaged, inclusive societies

Central to the Alliance strategy is our commitment to bring the voice of communities into national, regional and international debates on HIV, health and social policy. It also challenges the Alliance to strengthen the capacity of civil society, including key populations, to engage in key decision-making fora.



TARGET: Nine fully functioning National Partnership Platforms (NPPs) have been established and are contributing to national policy initiatives.§

TARGET: In at least four countries where the Alliance prevention campaign is implemented, structural changes are recorded showing that key populations’ rights are better protected by governments.

National Partnership Platforms (civil society forums which aim to coordinate advocacy initiatives) and the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign are two tools through which the Alliance works at the national level to strengthen civil society engagement in policy discussions.

In 2011, 16 Linking Organisations influenced change in national policy, both through joint civil society action and as individual organisations.

Seven of these were supported by the Alliance prevention campaign.Ɨ

Successes include:

  • MONASO (Mozambique) drafted a bill protecting the rights of people living wit h HIV in health care settings, which was passed by Parliament. Health care workers have since been trained about the law and ways of protecting the rights of people living with HIV. Ɨ
  • Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) has a good working relationship with the Cambodian government’s security and drug authorities. The government h as asked KHANA for assistance in improving its understanding of the HIV situation among people who use drugs, and guidance in appropriate responses.
  • The Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) is supporting the Vietnam Civil Society Platform on AIDS (VCSPA), a national partnership platform, to advance the voices of key populations in national policy discussions.§
  • Alliance Uganda has a pivotal role in the development of the Maternal Health Coalition, a campaign that demands an effective improvement in the delivery of maternal health care. Ɨ §
  • In Bolivia Instituto de Desarrollo Humano (IDH) laid the foundations for the Citizen Observatory which monitors and compiles information on the discrimination of key populations in health care centres.§

At the international level, the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign supported Linking Organisations with their national lobbying in the run up to the UN High Level Meeting in June 2011 . This contributed to the Final Declaration which included commitments that reflected key Alliance messages and set measurable targets to treat 15 million people by 2015.

Over 1,800 people took action on the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign site, which launched in 2011. People took action on issues affecting key populations and access to HIV prevention and treatment services around the world.

TARGET: In 70% of countries where the Alliance works there is participation of key populations in Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs).

Key populations includes men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who use drugs. In the Latin America region this year, this has been achieved in six Alliance countries (Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Mexico) largely through the participation of sex workers and transgender people in CCMs.

As a result of this representation of key populations, there has been an increase in proposals submitted under the Global Fund’s MARP (most at risk populations) stream of funding.  For example, a $12 million Round 10 grant from the Global Fund was awarded to REDTRASEX following their involvement in 11 Global Fund CCM’s across Latin America and there has been increased representation of transgender people regionally.

Late in 2011, the Alliance reacted strongly to the news that the Global Fund was to cancel its Round 11 funding cycle. We endorsed a global call to action for donors and started working with five Alliance Linking Organisations to document the potential impact in their countries. Our report, Don’t Stop Now: how underfunding the Global Fund impacts on the HIV response was launched in January 2012. It reviews the impact of the cuts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Sudan, Bangladesh and Bolivia.

Read about the challenges in delivering our strategy here.

Browse our case studies, stories, photos and video on the left hand side to see the work that contributed to Response 3 in 2011.

§ These targets and achievements relate to the National Partnership Platforms

Ɨ These targets and achievements relate to the What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign

These ambitious targets are taken from our strategic framework HIV and Healthy Communities, and drive our performance for the period 2010-2012.  In addition, the Alliance has a related set of targets for our strategic donors.