The Eurasian Regional Consortium (ERC) brings together the efforts of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA
– the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity, and the Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA
), to implement a joint project “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services” with the support of the Robert Carr Fund for Civil Society Networks.
The project helps national organizations to effectively respond to the financial instability of prevention, care, support and treatment programs for underserved communities and key populations vulnerable to human rights violations and the risk of HIV infection, which, in this project, includes: people who use drugs, women living with HIV (WLH), and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and trans* people (MSM/trans* people).
The activities of the project are based on training-grant cycles, which include several stages:
- development of training materials and manuals
- conducting educational training for members of all 3 regional networks
- closed small grants competition for training participants
- implementation of small grants
- summing up and describing best practices
During the implementation of the project, 4 of such cycles have been planned and implemented:
- “Community-led monitoring of services” – under the leadership of EHRA, 2019.
- “Building broad coalitions for budget advocacy” – under the leadership of ECOM, 2020.
- “Budgetary accountability” – under the leadership of EHRA, 2020.
- “Quality standards for HIV services for vulnerable groups” – under the leadership of ECOM, 2021.