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Policy and advocacy

MSM in Kenya (c) Nell Freeman for the Alliance

The Alliance is committed to strengthening communities’ ability to influence HIV policy at both a global and national level.

Community action on HIV is often made difficult by hostile policy environments. This can result in severe resource constraints, laws that perpetuate or even exacerbate the marginalisation and stigmatisation of key populations (such as sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men), and lack of accountability and enforcement of supportive laws where they do exist. We believe these factors can be changed through community-led policy action.

Our policy priorities

The Alliance currently has four key priorities for improving the quality and impact of global, national and regional responses to HIV. These are:

  • Keeping HIV on the political and financial agenda
  • Human rights for key populations
  • Health and community systems strengthening and integration
  • Including HIV in a post-MDG development framework.

Find out what we're doing in each of these areas here.

Global influence

At a global level we work to ensure that the views and experiences of the communities we support are heard in international policy debates. We know that including communities at all levels of decision-making enhances the quality and impact of the HIV response.

This work includes influencing decision-makers at UN and government level as well as global financing institutions to adequately support and finance an evidence-based global response. Our lobbying in 2011 contributed to a robust Political Declaration, with a strong focus on human rights and key populations, being adopted by governments attending the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS. This declaration will shape the HIV response until 2015.

National influence

At a national level we seek to strengthen the capacity of civil society to engage in national and international decision making, to create enabling legal environments and defend human rights. Key briefing documents and position papers we produce help support our partners’ engagement with policy makers and donors at country level.

One way in which we do this is through the National Partnership Platform (NPP) initiative, a unique approach that creates the space for an effective dialogue between civil society, government, and other stakeholders built upon equal exchange, and grounded in transparency and accountability.


The Alliance’s ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign calls on donors and governments to guarantee a more effective HIV prevention response. Find out more here.

Our impact

In 2011, 16 of our Linking Organisations influenced national policy changes and over 1,800 people took action on the ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign site.

You can read more about our policy and advocacy successes on our Impact site and in our Annual Review.


No single organisation or approach is able to tackle HIV on its own. That’s why we work in partnership with many policy-making bodies, governments and donors. Read more about our partnerships here.