Community Responses and Community Systems Strengthening (CSS)

Communities have a long history of acting to preserve and promote the health of their members. Public health researchers, implementers, and funders are increasingly recognizing that community involvement is essential to improving health, especially among populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, together with civil society organizations and other development partners, created the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Framework to help Global Fund applicants frame, define, and quantify efforts to strengthen community contributions and engagement.

Although the use of a CSS approach in health program implementation shows promise, it lacks a theoretical framework to guide collaborations with communities. Additionally, it suffers from a paucity of program designs and evaluation practices, an incomplete evidence-based rationale for investing in CSS, and imprecise definitions. ICASO has developed a number of tools to help advocates to understand and advocate for community-based approaches to the AIDS response.

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Global Fund technical assistance for communities is available

As part of the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative, the Technical Assistance Program provides support to civil society and community organizations…

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How to advocate for community responses and systems strengthening interventions in Global Fund funding requests

The purpose of this information note is to support civil society and community groups to design and include community systems strengthening interventions and community-based…

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Investing in Community Responses

Investing in Community Responses A case for funding non-service delivery community actions to end AIDS     Greater investment in community responses is needed to…

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Key Populations and the Global Fund: Delivering Key Results

These advocacy briefs  by Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and the Free Space Process, with support of ICSS and ICASO, examine the evidence around the vital…

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Working Together

A community-driven guide to meaningful involvement in national responses to HIV Working Together is a guide to increase and improve the meaningful involvement of…

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