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New toolkit: Advocacy by and with key populations


Aids Alliance

Our latest publication has been designed to support the communities most affected by HIV to have a voice in policy processes.

For the 40-plus linking organisations that make up the Alliance, the involvement of key populations* is more than a matter of principle.

Time and again, experience has shown that the most successful HIV interventions are the ones developed in accordance with what the intended service recipients have identified as their priorities.

However, whilst established decision-makers strive to ensure that key population representatives have a voice in HIV policy processes, in many settings key populations must lobby persistently to be included.

In response to this situation, we have developed the EMPAD (Empowerment for Advocacy) Policy Framework. This tool is intended to support national-level advocacy as an element of HIV programmes designed with and for key populations.

The publication explains how civil society organisations and networks can use the EMPAD Policy Framework for:

  • designing new advocacy and campaign programmes;
  • developing advocacy-related funding proposals; and
  • communicating advocacy work around key populations.

Enrique Restoy, Senior Advisor, Human rights and co-author of the publication, said: “We are grateful to the numerous colleagues who provided invaluable input throughout the conceptualisation process.”

He continued, “EMPAD was field-tested during the planning process of the Sexual Health and Rights Programme (SHARP), which provides HIV services with MSM implementing partner organisations in Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Kenya, and in the planning of the human rights strategy of ANCS, the Alliance linking organisation in Senegal. It was also used in the conceptualisation of a number of other projects being implemented by the Alliance.”

The publication is divided into two parts: (1) an overview of the elements of the EMPAD Policy Framework, with three brief case studies, and (2) a guide to online examples of how specific elements of the framework have informed advocacy activities worldwide.

* The people and communities most affected by HIV.  Their involvement is vital to an effective HIV response.

    Designed to support the communities most affected by HIV to have a voice.