ACON's International work

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Steven Scott discusses ACON's international program and partnerships with organisations such as Rainbow Sky in Thailand and the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network. This presentation was given at the AFAO HIV Educators Conference in May 2008.

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ACON's International work

  1. 1. ACON’s International Work Stephen Scott Manager, International Programs
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>Longstanding stream of international delegations </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing regional HIV infections among MSM </li></ul><ul><li>Need for more formal mechanisms to share skills and information </li></ul>
  3. 3. Principles <ul><li>Ongoing relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Mutuality, reciprocity </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on like organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of global nature of HIV </li></ul>
  4. 4. Partnership with Rainbow Sky <ul><li>What is RSAT? </li></ul><ul><li>Project funded by Australia-Thailand Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Series of three exchanges Dec 06-June 07 </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual capacity development: infrastructure & programs for RSAT; international work & Thai gay men for ACON </li></ul>
  5. 5. Next steps with Rainbow Sky <ul><li>Youth Ambassador placements at UNAIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Joint campaign </li></ul><ul><li>South-south scoping exercise later this year (Mekong)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Plus more… </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pacific Sexual Diversity Network <ul><li>What is the PSDN? </li></ul><ul><li>Planned exchange through ALAF program – advocacy tool development </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Third proposed activity through consortium: leadership, management, governance, organisational sustainability issues </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other partnerships <ul><li>AIDS Concern Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange in Dec 07, planning a second for later 08 </li></ul><ul><li>Research proposal partnership being worked on with UNSW </li></ul><ul><li>SWOP and sex worker organisations in Thailand </li></ul>
  8. 8. What we’ve learnt <ul><li>Start small </li></ul><ul><li>Look for relevant linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain resources and develop organisational resources </li></ul><ul><li>Get advice and help </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on communication </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation and documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Be principled </li></ul><ul><li>Value what you represent </li></ul>
  9. 9. Acknowledgements <ul><li>AFAO </li></ul><ul><li>ATI/DFAT, AusAID </li></ul><ul><li>UNAIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Especially RSAT, PSDN and AIDS Concern Hong Kong and the other CBOs we are working with </li></ul>

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