Stronger communities

The Alliance strategy works towards four key results.
Result 2 is stronger health and community systems, which we are achieving through supporting community-based organisations to be connected and effective elements of health systems and ultimately sustainable as they create demand, deliver services and provide a bridge to government and other services for key populations.

This speaks to the very heart of what we are about as a partnership and to our particular value add as the Alliance.

Throughout 2016 we continued our work to build national ‘systems for health’ that integrate community systems, public health and private sectors, recognising that all actors are supporting a national response that is broader than the government response alone.

<p>Youth group in the Malnicherra tea plantation in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The group raises awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights.</p>A youth group in the Malnicherra tea plantation in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The group raises awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). ©International HIV/AIDS Alliance

It is our intention that wherever we work, strong community-based organisations will address the HIV and health needs of their communities – both working with governments and holding them to account. The Alliance will continue to support organisations to strengthen their impact on HIV, whether through direct service delivery, providing technical assistance or monitoring human rights violations.

Accreditation - the backbone of a strong Alliance

The accreditation system is how we guarantee standards and a shared sense of vision and values across the global Alliance. Using assessment teams from peer Linking Organisations, we rigorously assess good governance, organisational management and good practice HIV programming.

Seven Linking Organisations were accredited in 2016, bringing the total accredited since 2013 to 25 out of the 29 who have initiated the accreditation process.

2016 milestones

1,785 CBOs received grants through the Alliance, and 82% achieved their programmatic and financial targets

2016 target met (82%)

This indicator is a barometer of how well Alliance-supported CBOs are performing, and is a proxy measure for whether these organisations have the appropriate capacity.

33 peer-reviewed journal articles analysed the Alliance’s contribution to improved health outcomes for key populations

2016 target exceeded  (15)

The Alliance continued to share its experience at the community level in order to inform practice and improve technical capacity.

Evaluation of our strategy

The 2016 external evaluation of our strategy found the Alliance ‘capacity cascade’ approach is effective.

Rather than a trickle down approach that gets ever diluted, the Alliance invests significant resources in LOs, who also invest resources in building the capacity of implementing partners, many of which are networks of key populations or marginalised people.

Building capacity to work with key populations

Throughout 2016, the KP Connect programme worked with Linking Organisations and other civil society organisations across Africa to improve their technical capacity to promote key population’s access to HIV, health and rights services.

In Namibia, under the Realising Rights programme supported by Comic Relief, Positive Vibes worked with eight nascent organisations of men who have sex with men and sex worker organisations to establish formal links and referral systems to health facilities. Positive Vibes also brokered dialogues between key population groups and health facilities, and provided sensitisation training to the staff to make the facilities more key population-friendly.