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UNAIDS guidance on community system strengthening


Aids Alliance

UNAIDS has published a new guidance tool to increase understanding and use of the community systems strengthening (CSS) funding priority of the Global Fund.

The tool is designed to assist those involved in writing proposals for Global Fund Round 9 submissions. The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has worked closely to support UNAIDS in developing the tool and welcomes its release.

Community responses must be expanded if we are to meet the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by 2010. Scale up relies on building the long term sustainable capacity of community organisations and key population networks.

The Global Fund has prioritized this goal in their funding guidelines since the launch of Round 8. The community systems strengthening funding priority represents a significant opportunity for expanding and ensuring sustainability of community activities, particularly those that reach the most marginalized populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, orphans and vulnerable children and women. However, there is still poor understanding of what CSS has to offer.

The new UNAIDS guidance, Supporting community based responses to AIDS: A guidance tool for including Community Systems Strengthening in Global Fund proposals, aims to ensure that CSS is better understood by community based organisations, civil society, key population networks, country coordinating mechanisms, ministries and the UN family.

The guidance aims to help define CSS, particularly how it relates to the three core priority areas of the Global Fund. It explains some of the specific capacity-building activities for CSS, including tools for conducting rapid needs assessments within communities. It also provides suggestions for how CSS activities can be monitored.

Download a copy of the guidance.