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ISC Communiqué

International Steering Committee (ISC) and Program Advisory Panel (PAP) of the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) met in Amsterdam on September 26th – organized by the RCNF secretariat, which is hosted by the Fund Management Agency (FMA) Aidsfonds. This was the first ever joint meeting of the two governance bodies of the Fund that set strategic direction and define the RCNF’s funding and grants portfolio. A group of grantees were also invited to provide inputs to the meeting. The joint ISC-PAP meeting took place well in advance of the upcoming RCNF 2019-2021 Request Read More »

Update to Civil Society Representatives on ISC

Effective September 1, 2017, International Steering Committee member Javier Bellocq will no longer be serving as a civil society representative due to personal reasons. Javier was nominated to the board in September 2016 and has been an invaluable contributor to RCNF. His work on the civil society engagement strategy, as well as the Program Advisory Panel (PAP) selection sub-committee were key outputs of his work. His energy and insights will be missed and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors. Midnight Poonkasetwattana will replace Javier effective September 1st as the newest member of Read More »

RCNF mourns the loss of Prudence Mabele

  The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is deeply saddened at the passing of our colleague Prudence Mabele, member of the RCNF international steering committee (ISC) and a prominent activist in the field of HIV and AIDS.    On 10 July 2017 Prudence passed away due to TB-related complications, at the age of 46. It is a significant loss for the activist community of South Africa, the global HIV/AIDS movement and the RCNF. We are grateful for Prudence’s contributions to the RCNF.  RCNF ISC member Kwaku Adomako states: “On behalf of the civil society representatives on the Read More »

Call for nominations Program Advisory Panel 2017 – 2019

Invitation for nominations for individuals to serve on the RCNF Program Advisory Panel Deadline for nominations: 1st August 2017 The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is pleased to launch the call for the RCNF Program Advisory Panel (PAP) membership for the period 2017- 2019 . This invitation for nominations aims to identify 9 members of the PAP for the years of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The PAP is appointed by the International Steering Committee (ISC) and operates independently as the main advisor to the ISC. The PAP reviews all funding proposals to the RCNF and based on those reviews Read More »

Update on the latest developments at the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund and its International Steering Committee

The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) International Steering Committee (ISC) held a number of discussions in the last few months, including at its face-to-face meeting in Amsterdam on December 19 – 20th  and most recently at the ISC teleconference on March 30th. The ISC meeting in December marked the end of Prof. Michel Kazatchkine’s term as ISC Chair.  Prof. Katachkine’s contribution as the Founding Chair of the RCNF was immense and the ISC thanks him for his important leadership, generosity and invaluable contribution to the RCNF.  Sigrun Mogedal now serves as the ISC Read More »

From Street to Government

Harm Reduction Consortium three-year project EHRN and ENPUD, supported by RCNF funding through the Harm Reduction Consortium, have produced a short video documenting the project “From Street to Government”. This three-year project, started in January 2016, has an overall goal to lower the HIV transmission among people who use drugs by promoting harm reduction, human rights and supportive policy environments. The project covers eight Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) member countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Russia, and compliments the existing Street Lawyer program in some of these countries. Human dignity of people who Read More »

Zero Discrimination Day

Today, March 1st 2017, the International Community of Women Living with HIV marks Zero Discrimination day with a commitment to speak up and make some noise against HIV related stigma and discrimination particularly in health care settings. A study conducted by ICW in 2014 to understand the perception, values and preferences of women living with HIV in Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria confirmed that women living with HIV continue to face persistent barriers to care such as stigma, discrimination and abuse when seeking maternal healthcare services including those to prevent vertical transmission. “Zero Discrimination day is an Read More »

Warm welcome to new ISC members

The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is proud to welcome Prudence Mabele and Javier Hourcade Bellocq as new members of the RCNF International Steering Committee representing civil society. Within the committee they will help setting the strategic direction of the RCNF.  Following an open call for nominations, which was widely circulated via list serves of partners and networks, a selection panel consisting of ISC representatives and an external civil society representative, assessed the applications and provided the ISC with a recommendation, taking into consideration experience, geographical- and gender balances, and representation of various Read More »

AIDS 2016 RCNF satellite session on law reform

Laws are an important part of a so called enabling environment. The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund invites donors and civil society to share solutions, best practices and lessons learned to achieve law reforms where needed. At the satellite session, the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is proud to present the latest reports and best practices on law reform for inadequately served populations. A presentation on up-to-date science will be combined with presentations on key legal and human rights principles for people living with HIV, resulting in strong human rights based approaches. Speakers Presentation: - Read More »

RCNF report – Reaching Inadequately Served Populations 2015

The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is pleased to present the RCNF report – Reaching Inadequately Served Population 2015.  This report offers an overview of 2015 activities, expenditure and outcomes, as well as case studies that showcase network accomplishments around the world. It shows how the scope, scale and ambition of RCNF-funded initiatives have resulted in demonstrable and positive impact on the lives of those most affected by the HIV epidemic.     Read More »

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