Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Big Society – innovative models drawn from the global HIV/AIDS response


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As the UK coalition government works out how to deliver on the promise of the Big Society, the Alliance has launched a policy briefing which provides evidence of a model that has had real social impact – in the developing world.

At a Breakfast Briefing at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday 4 October in Birmingham, UK, the Alliance presented the Alliance model to UK parliamentarians and key decision makers.

Speaking at the event chaired by Lord Norman Fowler, Vice Chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS and Trustee of the Terence Higgins Trust, Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance explained how the Alliance has been empowering communities in order to deliver social change for the last 17 years: ‘There is much that we have learnt that could be used to inform the new government’s approach.’

The briefing paper makes a number of recommendations:

  • Invest in building the capacity of civil society to give it the skills and resources to be able to take direct action.
  • Prioritise the involvement of communities in the management of local services in order to create a more equitable distribution of resources, and create value for money.
  • Ensure local and national government works in partnership with civil society organisations in order to deliver more effective service delivery.
  • Consult with civil society to create an agreed framework for engaging with communities, and to more effectively measure results.
  • Don’t delay. Whilst it has taken 17 years for the Alliance to fully develop its model, and begin to track sustainable progress in several countries, we can demonstrate successful implementation much faster. It won’t take a generation, and you will be able to deliver measurable results in 3-5 years.