WHO WE ARE

ICSS was established in 2006. It is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and, after being hosted by Aids Fonds and STOP AIDS NOW!, became an independent legal entity (a ‘Stichting’) in 2009.

ICSS has played a unique leadership role within the civil society response to HIV and broader global health. Its many strengths have included: convening diverse global civil society organizations and networks, including those of key affected communities; providing ‘safe spaces’ for relationship-building and dialogue; enhancing leadership within global civil society; mobilizing 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 organizations and networks of key affected communities, such as sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men (MSM).

ICSS’s mission is to increase the scale and quality of the global response to HIV and broader health through strengthening the mobilization, participation and role of civil society.

ICSS’s 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.

Download ICSS’s 2017-2020 Strategy.

Peter van Rooijen

Peter van Rooijen

Executive Director
Raoul Fransen

Raoul Fransen

Senior Policy Adviser, FSP
Katy Kydd Wright

Katy Kydd Wright

Senior Policy Adviser, GFAN
Rico Gustav

Rico Gustav

Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainability
Meaghan Derynck

Meaghan Derynck

TB Project Manager, GFAN
Tara Hogeterp

Tara Hogeterp

Senior Communications Officer, GFAN
Barbara la Grand

Barbara la Grand

Executive Assistant

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Wittebrood

Jacqueline was at International Civil Society Support since its humble beginnings in 2006 alongside Peter and Raoul. Jacqueline also acted as Communications Focal Point for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, co-created the Global Fund Advocates Network and with colleagues in global health, conceived of and launched the first “Here I Am” campaign which has grown into a widely appreciated network of champions for the Global Fund.

Jacqueline extended her hand in friendship to a generation of advocates from so many different backgrounds who feel she nurtured and instilled in us a sense of dedication and commitment for our collective efforts in the HIV-response and other global health issues.

Jacqueline was compassionate, diligent and always demonstrated a deep understanding of the key human rights and development issues of our time. She conveyed her ideas succinctly, without arrogance demonstrating profound commitment. Apart from her incredible intellect, Jacqueline’s humble demeanour and strong sense of social justice made her an effective advocate, an excellent colleague and truly an amazing individual.