Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund: 2016-2018

Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund: 2016-2018


In the five years since the RCNF was founded, the global HIV response has grown and shifted enormously. Inadequately Served Populations (ISPs) have gained recognition in the global response for their disproportionate
burden of HIV infection, and the movement has found increased value in collaborative, intersectional advocacy on common issues. While there is positive progress on the global level in promoting linkages of stakeholders’ actions towards resilient systems for health through the Sustainable Development Goals and other frameworks supporting people-centered approaches, there are also several long-entrenched challenges, which call for stronger civil society and community responses. Challenges in the social, policy and legal environment remain, and many countries see closing space for civil society; even with tremendous global progress on access to HIV treatment, ISPs still face barriers in accessing quality prevention, care, treatment and support services; and the resource environment is shifting dramatically, leaving many ISP programs underfunded or facing shutdown. Thus, the RCNF collective’s contribution and role become more relevant in this precarious context, where the RCNF grantees continue working systematically to dismantle the barriers to an enabling environment and accessibility of quality services for ISPs, and promoting the mobilization of appropriate resources to sustain the HIV response.

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01 January 2016 - 19 June 2019
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The Robert Carr Fund provides core funding to strengthen the institutional and advocacy capacity of regional and global networks and consortia that work with Inadequately Served Populations (ISPs). It believes that if these networks – through which ISPs can find legitimate representation for decisions that affect them – are stronger, it will enable ISP groups to have more influence over the human rights and HIV issues that affect them.

Sustained influence from ISPs with regards to HIV and human rights issues at global, regional and national levels will result in a more enabling and rights-affirming social, policy and legal environment for ISPs, along with more accessible and appropriate quality HIV services and programs, and the corresponding available resources to create better conditions for ISPs with regards to HIV.

If the human rights of ISPs are realized, and they have access to better HIV services, and there is appropriate resourcing to underpin the necessary services, it is believed that ISPs across the globe can have better health, inclusion and social wellbeing.


The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF), founded in July 2012, honors the life and work of Dr. Robert Carr. Dr. Carr was a charismatic figure, who was doggedly devoted to defending human rights in his native Caribbean region and globally, and maintaining and strengthening the role of civil society in the HIV response at large.

RCNF is the first international pooled funding mechanism that specifically aims to strengthen global and regional HIV civil society and community networks across the world. This institutional focus is in recognition of networks’ critical value and contribution to better health, inclusion and social wellbeing of Inadequately Served Populations (ISPs), as networks have unique reach into and impact at community level.

Globally, an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV (UNAIDS 2012). Among this large group of people there are certain populations who shoulder the burden of HIV. They face a higher HIV risk, mortality and morbidity, when compared to the general population. Depending on context these are inadequately served populations such as people living with HIV, gay men and men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who use drugs and populations like youth, migrants, women and girls. Far too often the groups hardest hit have less access to good HIV services. Evidence shows there is a profound dissonance between the impact of HIV on particular populations and the level of service delivery in place to meet their real needs. This needs to change! In order to reverse the epidemic we should acknowledge the importance of “Knowing Our Epidemic” and provide resources and services to those most in need. The Robert Carr civil society Neworks Fund therefore takes as its principle focus inadequately served populations. uses cookies to offer the best website experience possible and to anonymously analyze website behaviour. More information.