26 March 2018, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) – Today the second Learning Institute of Bridging the Gaps kicks off in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. During this three-day-gathering 25 representatives from our in-country partners  will link and learn on the impact of shrinking space for civil society organisations and how to build resilience to counter the negative impact.

Community empowerment at the core

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV/AIDS programmes are more effective and sustainable when they are carried out by empowered key population communities compared to programmes where key populations are just mere recipients of the programmes.  Therefore community empowerment is at the core of the Bridging the Gaps programme, and why key populations are in the driver’s seat during the Learning Institute.

Sharing knowledge and best practices

In the days to come representatives from sex workers, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will learn from each other through exchanging knowledge and best practices. This is done through a divers palette of meeting forms like panel discussions, workshops, round tables, group sessions, and site visits to three community-led clinics. During the Learning Institute lesson learnt will be captured and transformed into a document that can be shared with all partners and others active in the field. Participants will capture success stories & ideas from other key populations on building resilience  that can be copied to their own community to be transformed into organisational actions.

Follow the Learning Institute on Facebook

If you want to find out more about the Learning Institute, follow the Facebook page of Bridging the Gaps, where each day we will share the most important lesson learnt.