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FCAA Summit Day Two Part 1 Supporting Community Based Work Plenary (1)

Session Designers: Aidsfonds, Stephen Lewis Foundation & the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Community-based work has been an essential component of the HIV&AIDS response since the onset of the disease back in the 1980s. Most recently, the 2105 Lancet Commission Report and the 2016 UN Political Declaration have underlined its critical importance. And they have stressed that without greatly increased funding support for community-based organizations and community service delivery, it may be impossible to achieve the end of AIDS by 2030.

With such a clear global consensus on the value of community-based work, why has the funding stalled? In this session, we will dive into the myths and realities of working with and supporting community-based organizations – debunking some of the misperceptions, while at the same time recognizing some of the real challenges.

The session will allow for an interactive dialogue between funders, community-based organizations and ‘in-between-ers’, within both the domestic US and the international settings. The final outcome of this session will be greater understanding about the options and opportunities, and about the more flexible funding approaches needed for successful investment in community-based responses.

Moderator: Louise van Deth, Aidsfonds
• Dorothy Onyango, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK)
• Tyler Spencer, The Grassroot Project (TGP)
• Lee Waldorf, Stephen Lewis Foundation
• Michael Kaplan, Melanoma Research Alliance
• Jackson Kaguri, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
• Jonathan Gunthrop, Southern African AIDS Trust

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