Civil society advocacy for increased harm reduction investments and coverage

Project goal and objectives:  include advocacy for scaling-up expenditures for HIV-related harm reduction programmes and services from national and international sources; challenging repressive laws and policies that infringe on effective harm reduction, HIV programming and protection of human rights of the underserved population of drug users; building the capacity of civil society, including networks of people who use drugs, to effectively advocate for increased financing, scale-up of youth-friendly and women-friendly harm reduction services, and reform of the existing drug policies; increasing the coordination and effectiveness of advocacy efforts on global, regional and national levels; and raising public and political awareness of the issues that people who use drugs face through research, reports, strategic media engagement and campaigns.

Key activities: include an advocacy campaign “Harm Reduction Works: Fund It!”; mapping, monitoring and analysis of gaps in harm reduction services and funding; training programmes on human rights violations monitoring, documentation and redress mechanisms; provision of small grants to support drug user community initiatives to advocate for human rights and to redress violations; reporting human rights violations on national, regional and international levels; mapping drug user groups, their status and engagement in national and Global Fund oversight systems;  provision of technical support to drug user networks and provision of small grants to stimulate and support drug user group activities; establishing a pool of drug user community experts to review harm reduction services and to provide technical support to drug user organisations; provision of technical support to strengthen governance of Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs; and coordination of advocacy efforts of drug user and harm reduction networks. These activities will be implemented by the 5 full members of the Harm Reduction Consortium that also includes Harm Reduction International (HRI), International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Middle-Eastern and North African Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), and YouthRise. The International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) is an associate partner of the Harm Reduction Consortium.

Expected results: include advanced research on international and national harm reduction investments and advocacy for scale-up of sustainable resources; monitoring of drug policy reforms to ensure a more supportive policy environment and protection of the human rights of people who use drugs; strengthened capacity of organisations, especially networks of people who use drugs, to influence policy making; facilitated efforts to achieve the shared goals of global, regional and national civil society organisations; and visibility of the key issues on the public and political agenda.

Completed projects
Countries covered by the project
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Project timeline
January 2014 - December 2015
Total budget
974,623 USD for 5 consortium members (EHRN consortium: 264,024.00 USD)
Project donor
Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund