Making the Global Fund More Effective and Efficient
A major focus of ICASO’s work is advocacy around and inside the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We work with, for, and on behalf of civil society and key populations to help ensure that communities are engaged and supported by the Global Fund.
The bi-annual International AIDS Conferences offer a unique and important opportunity to shape the narrative and influence policy in the global AIDS response. ICASO is a permanent community member of the Conference Coordinating Committee, which organizes each conference with the International AIDS Society. As part of this role, ICASO hosts the online community guide for each conference.
The Robert Carr Research Award recognizes a research project conducted by a community-academia partnership that has led to evidence-based programs and/or influenced policies in the field of HIV to guide a human rights-based response. The Memorial Lecture is delivered at the International AIDS Conference.
United Nations Advocacy
The United Nations plays an important role in shaping the global AIDS agenda, and in marshaling resources. ICASO works with various UN agencies to promote the meaningful inclusion of civil society and key populations in decision-making processes, strategic planning, and political declarations. This year ICASO is playing a leadership role with regard to civil society engagement in the development of an outcome document for the High-Level Meeting on AIDS. This document will hopefully set the course for UN members to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030.
ICASO aims to generally be a resource to and advocate for civil society in the global AIDS response. This work is often in the form of toolkits and other resources which are not tied specifically to an institution, such as the Global Fund or United Nations, or an event, such as the International AIDS Conference.