We link community work with global advocacy

Bridging the Gaps works simultaneously on local, regional and global levels

National, regional and global approaches are needed to achieve universal access to HIV/STI prevention, treatment, care and support for all key populations. Global policy changes for sex workers, people using drugs and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people need to be fuelled from the community level and civil society organisations can scale up their advocacy and services when policy barriers are addressed and removed.

Our programme consists of 21 key population projects in 16 countries as well as 4 global advocacy projects. The lessons learned from our in-country projects feed into a body of evidence for our global level advocacy. At the same time, global best practice will be shared to support our national projects.

Meaningful involvement of key populations and people living with HIV

Bridging the Gaps strongly believes that HIV advocacy efforts at all levels must be informed and guided by those who best understand them – members of key populations and people living with HIV. To understand and respond effectively to the challenges of addressing HIV among key populations it is crucial that the key populations and PLHIV themselves represent their own realities and fully participate in dialogues and decision making around HIV policies and programmes that affect them.

As an alliance of 5 Dutch-based organisations, 4 global key population networks and more than 70 grassroots organisations, Bridging the Gaps enables a dynamic interaction between experiences from the programme countries and global level advocacy while ensuring meaningful participation of key populations and people living with HIV.