The Bridging the Gaps Alliance
Bridging the Gaps is an initiative of nine international organisations and networks and more than 80 local and regional organisations in fifteen countries across three regions.
Our approach is guided by three key principles:
- We link human rights and health. We advocate for the realisation of key populations’ human rights and their access to welcoming, quality HIV prevention, treatment and care services.
- We link key populations. We facilitate the sharing of strategies, best practices and advocacy tools.
- We link community work to global advocacy. By linking local advocates to global processes, Bridging the Gaps works towards change on multiple levels. In-country experiences fuel global advocacy, and international instruments are used for national advocacy.
In our approach, key populations are in the driver’s seat, as the most effective HIV programming involves key populations on all levels of decision-making, from implementation to governance. The challenges that different key populations face are often the same – as are several of the solutions. Some challenges, such as criminalisation and punitive laws, policies and practices, are faced by all key populations. That is why we believe partnering and collaboration across key populations are highly effective in the HIV response.