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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 »

Call for nominations to serve on the RCNF International Steering Committee

The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is pleased to announce this call for nominations to identify 2 or 3 new representatives from civil society to serve as members for the RCNF International Steering Committee (ISC). The main roles of the ISC are to set strategic direction, define funding priorities and eligibility criteria for grants in a given funding cycle, maintain oversight and approve proposals for funding, based on the advice of the Program Advisory Panel (PAP). ISC Role & Responsibilities  Set strategic direction.  Provide and maintain oversight of strategy implementation.  Establish and affirm funding priorities Read More »

Board Meeting in Amsterdam

The International Steering Committee (ISC) of the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) has held its sixth board meeting. Key purpose of this meeting was to evaluate and improve the RCNF Governance structure and to select  a Fund Director. ISC meetings are a unique space where donors and civil society convene as mutually respected partners to set the strategic direction of the RCNF. The ISC confirmed the importance of developing a stronger mechanism to create space for dialogue and consultation with civil society. The ISC civil society representatives will develop a proposal for such a Read More »

Sergey Votyagov appointed as Director of the RCNF

It is with great pleasure that the International Steering Committee of the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is communicating today that it has appointed Sergey Votyagov as the new Fund Director to lead the RCNF towards its objectives. As of the 1st of August 2016, Votyagov will represent and manage the RCNF and be the liaison with civil society and donors. For the last five 5 years Sergey has worked as Executive Director of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. The International Steering Committee is impressed with Sergey’s experience in managing complex international programs Read More »

UNGASS 2016: Civil Society urge the UN to get serious about Global Drugs policy.

Without new policy solutions we cannot end AIDS From 19 till 21 April hundreds of government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations and individuals from civil society are attending a three-day special session at U.N. to review drugs policies. Due to criminalization of injecting drug use, discrimination and lack of funds, many countries face an enormous and unnecessary exacerbation of the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs. UNGASS on drugs constitutes an unprecedented opportunity for civil society to inject new thinking into the debate. Jamie Bridge (representative of The Harm Reduction Consortium) explains: "For us, Read More »

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