ICSS was established in 2006 and over the years developed its strategic goals and mandate more or less in an organic way. In 2012 ICSS engaged in a strategy development process, which culminated with the approval of the ICSS Strategy 2012-16 by the ICSS Supervisory Board in September 2012.
The new Strategy is the result of a consultative process undertaken by ICSS staff, donors, partners and key stakeholders. This included a “360-degree Review” of ICSS’s past strengths and weaknesses and potential future directions.
The 360-degree Review report concluded that:
“ICSS has played a unique and leadership role within the civil society response to HIV and broader global health. Its many strengths have included: convening diverse global CSOs and networks, including those of key affected communities; providing ‘safe spaces’ for relationship-building and dialogue; enhancing leadership within global civil society; mobilising action on critical emerging issues; facilitating joint strategizing and advocacy; and acting as a ‘bridge-builder’ between civil society and external stakeholders, notably donors. In particular, ICSS has remained a champion for HIV (while increasingly engaging in broader health issues). It has also been a powerful advocate for the role and needs of civil society, especially organisations and networks of key affected communities, such as sex workers, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM).”
The review also highlighted the critical need for the ICSS Strategy 2012-16 to be positioned within – and provide a strong response to – the complex and rapidly changing external environment for HIV, global health and civil society. The new Strategy includes the following mission, goal and re-focused objectives:
ICSS’ mission is to increase the scale and quality of the global response to HIV and broader health through strengthening the mobilisation, participation and role of civil society.
ICSS’ goal is to enhance the response to HIV and broader global health through strategic partnerships that support strong and effective civil society advocacy and leadership at global, regional and country levels.
This strategic goal will be operationalized through the following three strategic objectives:
FREE SPACE PROCESS: To enhance the quality, cohesion and impact of global civil society advocacy and leadership on HIV – by facilitating and strengthening the Free Space Process.
GLOBAL FUND ADVOCATES NETWORK: To enhance the quality, cohesion and impact of civil society advocacy for full funding of the Global Fund – by facilitating and strengthening the Global Fund Advocates Network.
CIVIL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVES GROUP: To enhance the quality, cohesion and impact of civil society representation and advocacy to key global health institutions and initiatives – by facilitating and strengthening the Civil Society Representatives Group.
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Global Fund Activities
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a multi-stakeholder partnership that fully involves civil society at all its levels; national and international, in program implementation as well as in governance. The Global Fund presents an innovative model that provides civil society with the opportunity to develop and advocate for a comprehensive civil society agenda in the fight against the three diseases. Read more…