Civil Society & Community Partners

International Partners


Since its creation in 1991, ICASO has facilitated the inclusion and leadership of communities in the effort to bring about an end to the AIDS pandemic, recognizing the importance of promoting health and human rights as part of this undertaking.

Our approach is based on our theory of change, which is made up of four core components: policy analysis and strategic information-gathering, with a particular focus on community-based research; building the capacity of community leaders to act as strong advocates and as stewards of community-based structures for HIV mobilization and engagement; advocacy for accountability, for evidence-based and human rights-based approaches, and for the strategic use of HIV resources for maximum impact; and developing networks to support an HIV movement that contributes more broadly to health, human rights and gender equality.


GNP+ is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. As a network of networks, GNP+ is driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide. Based on emancipation and self-determination, GNP+ works with independent and autonomous regional and national networks of people living with HIV in all continents.

Under the central theme Reclaiming Our Lives!, GNP+ implements an evidence-informed advocacy programme focused on:

  • Empowerment;
  • Human Rights;
  • Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention; and
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of people living with HIV.

The above platforms for action are the means to realise the Global Advocacy Agenda, agreed upon at the 9th International Conference of People Living with HIV/AIDS in 1999 in Warsaw, revalidated at the Nairobi Think Tank Meeting in November 2005, and reaffirmed at LIVING2008: The Positive Leadership Summit in August 2008, Mexico City.

The Global Advocacy Agenda focuses on: promoting access to HIV treatment, care, support and prevention; fighting stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV; and, promoting the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA).

GNP+ is the only international network representing all people living with HIV. Elected representatives from the affiliated regional networks form the GNP+ Board.


As a network, we exist to contribute towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV; including and not limited to:

  • Informed recognition of human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Meaningful involvement at local, national, regional and international levels in the entire process that leads to decisions, and the implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes that affect the lives of women living with HIV.
  • Universal access to prevention, care, support and treatment services and information.
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and freedom of choice regarding sexual identity and practice.
  • Universal access to economic and legal rights.
  • Mentoring and building on the participation and involvement of young positive women.



Positive Women’s Network, South Africa, established in 1996, is a non-government organization committed to creating an environment in which people living with HIV/AIDS are free from stigmatization and discrimination because of their HIV status. The network recognizes that people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS should share the lead and the responsibility in responding to the pandemic, while encouraging the society to create the space for them to play this crucial role. The organization works to set up and manage care and support programmes, harness and build resources, build capacity, support and monitor developmental initiatives to improve the quality of life of women and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Africa.


SIDACTION is a collective of researchers, healthcare professionals, and humanitarian associations, in France and in developing countries, who all share a common goal: the development of scientific and medical research programs and the support of prevention and assistance programs for those living with HIV/AIDS.


Regional Partners


APNSW ~ the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers founded in 1994 by members of some of Asia’s first organisations to work on health and human rights with sex workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) is focused on facilitating sex worker participation and information sharing on technical and policy issues, sex work advocacy and building leadership among male, female and transgender sex workers.


An International Non-Governmental Organisation, committed to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific Region.

  • Custodian of the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP)
  • An independent society of peak, national-level organisations from Asia and the Pacific region
  • Committed to encourage, promote and sustain coalition building, partnerships and alliances with regional Inter-Governmental and Non-Governmental Bodies
  • Involved in HV and AIDS policy development in the region
  • Actively engaged in fostering public, private partnerships, advocacy and communication management efforts on major issues in HIV and AIDS
  • Deeply committed to equity in sexual and reproductive health, gender mainstreaming, serve GLBT interests and causes and effectively fight all discrimination against sex workers
  • Proud of its unflinching support to people living with HIV and AIDS on all fronts and has always encouraged and promoted GIPA principles.


Local Partners:


ASHM is a professional, not-for-profit, member based organisation. It supports its members, sector partners and collaborators to generate knowledge and action in clinical management, research, education, policy and advocacy in Australasia and internationally. It is committed to quality improvement and its products and services will be sought after by governments, members, health care workers and affected people. ASHM’s dedicated membership, high-calibre staff and commitment to partnership will assure its effectiveness in achieving its mission. ASHM is not religiously or politically affiliated.


Founded in 1989, The National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV.

NAPWHA provides advocacy, effective representation, policy, health promotion and outreach on a national level. Our work includes a range of health and education initiatives that promote the highest quality standard of care for HIV positive people. NAPWHA contributes to clinical and social research into the incidence, impact and management of HIV. We strive to minimise the adverse personal and social effects of HIV by championing the participation of positive people at all levels of the organisation’s activity.