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Latin American hub highlights new technical assistance challenges

21
DEC
2009

Aids Alliance

A satellite conference organised by the Alliance’s Latin American technical support hub highlights new access challenges to technical assistance.

The Alliance’s Latin American technical support hub organised a satellite conference during the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and STIs held in Lima, Peru, in November 2009. The satellite highlighted the barriers that still exist for community-based organisations to access technical support.

As a new initiative in the region, the Alliance’s hub has a strong emphasis on strengthening communities and building capacity. Other key players in the region have acknowledged the contribution this emphasis, and the hub’s critical approach to technical assistance, is bringing to the region.

Speakers at the satellite conference highlighted the need for governments and donors to support CBOs in overcoming barriers, while ensuring that capacity building does not change the unique identity of CBOs.

A key message was that support should be provided within a rights-based framework. This is a way to ensure that CBO’s agendas do not change and become simply supporting instruments for government services, but instead maintain their focus on strengthening the fabric of civil society.

Capacity building also needs to address new challenges in the AIDS response, such as the integration of HIV with other areas. To achieve results, continuing government and donor support will be vital.

Find out more about the Alliance’s technical support hubs.

    A key message was that support should be provided within a rights-based framework