AIDS 2022: Shifting the power for community leadership

AIDS 2022: Shifting the power for community leadership

We hear it everywhere: it is time to shift the power. Communities should be in the driver’s seat of the changes that they envision. The buzzword ‘shifting the power’ sings around at most conferences and meetings, but do we really walk the talk? In reality, communities still have little control over funds and have limited resources as well, are hardly ever involved in the development of programmes, and are still being tokenised. The reality is bleak: only 2% of funding for HIV programmes targets key populations.

Activities in the Aidsfonds Networking Zone

Aidsfonds will be present in the Global Village at AIDS2022. Our networking zone offers insights and space for discussion on how to truly walk the talk: how can communities drive policies and programming? And we invite everyone to share ideas on how to go about the elephant in the room: power disparity.

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At AIDS 2022, Aidsfonds and partners want to talk about the elephant in the room: power. What does power look like? How do we break the status quo? What is good donorship? How can communities drive policies and programming? Most of all: how do we truly walk the talk? As a modern/involved funder and implementer, Aidsfonds believes that a true power shift to communities is necessary to end AIDS by 2030 and to protect everyone’s rights along the way.

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Communities taking the lead in programming

Communities know what works and which approach is most effective. Community-led and community-based programming enables people to take control in their own communities. Through co-creation and co-decision making, we jointly design, implement and evaluate our projects.

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Communities taking control over their own health

Self-care increases the agency of one’s health. It can enable communities to prevent, diagnose and treat health issues in a private manner when and where it suits them best. Together with partners, we have built multiple (digital) self-care and health solutions that meet the need for accessibility, anonymity, and user-friendliness of SRHR/HIV information and services.

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Communities taking the lead in advocacy

To achieve lasting positive change, policies and funding decisions should reflect the needs of communities. Through our advocacy loop, we link up country, regional and global advocacy that is fully informed by communities’ advocacy priorities and country-level evidence.

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Partnerships for sustainable change

Collaboration is the cornerstone of everything we do. It ensures strong programmes; provides opportunities for new business models, and key donors become champions of community intervention models. We are an active member of several global networks and working groups. We joined forces with top researchers, communities and donors to find a cure for HIV. Only together, we can shift the power for sustainable change!

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Communities taking the lead in funding decisions

Over the past decade, we have worked with and learnt from a multitude of funders and partners about participatory grantmaking. Handing over responsibility has forced us to look critically at our role as a funder. This has resulted in communities co-deciding on all our funding decisions forming a cornerstone of our 2022-2025 strategy. Money is power. We believe that through participatory grantmaking, we can shift the power to those people who matter most.

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How to shift the power - a summary

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