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Capacity development in a global human rights and health programme

Capacity development in a global human rights and health programme

In many regions around the globe, networks of key populations – defined as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons, sex workers of all genders, and people who use drugs- have formed to establish programmes and provide critical services. These are to promote sexual and reproductive health and to advocate for the respect of human rights and the achievement of justice and dignity for all.

Aids Fonds, an international non-governmental organisation based in the Netherlands, has been a vital partner in these efforts. Through the Bridging the Gaps programme, Aidsfonds, in collaboration with eight global networks, provides funding and capacity development support to over 90 key population-led organisations across three continents and in fifteen countries. The aim of the programme is to equip key population-led entities and the communities they support, to increase the fulfillment of human rights, to improve their sexual and reproductive health, and to strengthen individuals and communities to hold governments and other duty bearers to account for promoting their health and rights. HEARD in partnership with APMG Health, a global consulting and research company based in Washington, DC, conducted a participatory operational research on capacity development interventions offered by organisations in the Bridging the Gaps programme between June 2018 and May 2020. The purpose of the research project was to understand which of these interventions effectively equip civil society organisations and networks, to advocate for social change in different countries with different environments.

As part of the research, four research briefs were developed on the basis of case study findings among Bridging the Gaps country partners. These partners were Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, based in Harare; Women’s Organisation Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA), a sex-worker-led network based in Kampala, Uganda; AIDS Foundation East West- Tajikistan, (AFEW) which works with injection drug users and operates from Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Youth Vision, which also works with injection drug users in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Nepal Research Brief – English

Tajikistan Research Brief – English

Uganda Research Brief – English

Zimbabwe Research Brief – English