Our work with and for key populations

Bridging the Gaps focuses on 3 key populations and on the crossovers between them in a single programme.

All the activities for the first phase of the programme (2011-2015) have been finalised. However, as long as policies are not rights-based and key populations are criminalised – our work needs to continue. Bridging the Gaps phase 2 began on 1 January 2016 with six months preparation phase in which crucial in-country work continues.

Our intervention strategies

For the continuation of the programme we have identified four interrelated strategic areas:

  • Facilitate community development
  • Advocate for continuously strengthening services and upholding human rights
  • Deliver inclusive, rights based and gender sensitive services
  • Foster global and in-country processes and partnerships that reinforce results

Our priorities and principles

  • Capacity building of local partners
  • Inclusiveness
  • Learning and improving
  • Building strategic partnerships and alignments


Key populations have a higher risk of HIV infection in every region of the world. We identified regions and countries where we have an added value, based on our track record, epidemiological data and strategic considerations. Based on these considerations we want to work in the following sixteen countries:

Asia and the pacific

  1. Indonesia
  2. Vietnam
  3. Nepal
  4. Myanmar

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  1. Ukraine
  2. Georgia
  3. Kyrgyzstan
  4. Tajikistan

Sub-Sahara Africa

  1. Kenya
  2. Mozambique
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Nigeria
  5. South Africa
  6. Tanzania
  7. Botswana
  8. Uganda

In the first half of 2016 a two-days’ meeting will be organized to specify the Theory of Change in all sixteen countries. In this consultation meeting representatives of key populations will identify priorities for each country and how change may occur in-country.

Below a glimpse of our work of the first phase of the programme.