Regional project “Money Can Buy Health If You Budget For It”

About the project

The project supported by Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is implemented by the Eurasian Regional Consortium which brings together three regional networks: Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), addressing needs of people who use drugs (PWUD); Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), addressing needs of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), and of transgender people and the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO), addressing the needs of people living with HIV (PLWH). While EHRN is the general project lead for the donor, ECOM is as the internal lead agency for the project in 2017.

The consortium collaborates with and builds capacity of inadequately served populations (ISP) communities in EECA to advocate governments and donors to invest in services along the HIV care continuum that ISP prioritize themselves.

The consortium has built the capacity of ISP community-based organizations via learning-by-doing approach to assess and prioritize HIV services and to estimate current and required expenditures for the HIV response. Such assessments that were carried out by the communities are the key to follow up community-driven budget advocacy for resource allocation and spending, which will be launched in the second year of the project and enhanced through on-going technical support and peer-to-peer exchange of best practices. ISP in countries through small grants have carried out assessments in year 1 of the project, and will advocate and monitor budgeting of services that they prioritize in years 2 and 3. The consortium will advocate for resource mobilization and accountability of HIV spending at the regional and global levels.

Project Targets

Objective 1
To build the capacity of regional networks and their members who represent PWUD, MSM, TG and PLHIV and those who work in their interest in EECA to influence investment in sustainable, effective responses to HIV, which address the needs of ISP

Objective 2
To advocate for strategic, sufficient and sustainable investments in responses to HIV, which address needs of PWUD, MSM, TG and PLHIV.

Project Objectives

Main activities in 2017:

Call for consortia project proposals will be announced in February and starting from March 2017, 3 consortia in each project countries, that are Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, will start operating to build on the information collected during the first year of the project.

Along with the kick off meeting, EHRN will organize budget advocacy training in April 2017.

Later, in Q3 or Q4, ECOM will organize training for partners in improving intersectionality and coordination between community based movements of ISP.

Similarly to the first year, ECOM will continue providing technical assistance to consortia partners in budget advocacy planning and implementing.

Regional advocacy campaign will put fulfillment of commitments by governments under a magnifier.

In the third year of the project, leading role will be assumed by ECUO.


Main activities in 2018:

Regional training on human rights and gender sensitive budgeting

Regional Meeting of ECOM March 2018

Regional Platform for Policy Reform (RPPR) face to face meeting (platform will include representatives of multiple sectors from countries, as well as from the region and will address policy reform needs to advance prevention and treatment of MSM and trans people in CEECA region.

Consortia grants will be continued until end of October 2018