From the 10th to the 14th October 2011, linking organisations and regional networks based in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as members of the secretariat, took part in a meeting in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is an international organisation made up of linking organisations who meet annually to revise strategies and share experiences. Partner networks, RedTraSex and REDLACTRANS, have also been participating in these annual meetings for several years.

Participants from Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean are using this week in Cochabamba to discuss regional problems, the challenge of the Global Fund crisis, Human Rights, Quality of Programmes, and sustainable resource mobilisation through non-traditional donors. The latter took the form of a workshop, coordinated by Fundacion Huesped from Argentina.

One of the central themes of the meeting is the current funding crisis and the lack of international cooperation, which is hitting the region hard and threatening the programmes, projects and Civil Society Organisations. Even faced with the lack of resources affecting our sector, the experiences shared in Cochabamba illustrate the value of belonging to an international organisation, not only in terms of funding, but also through technical assistance, strategic information and the possibility of sharing experiences. In the last year, Alliance organisations in this region took part in 15 visits, events and horizontal learning exchanges.

The meeting is well-timed given that IDH, the hosting organisation in Cochabamba, has just been accredited as a linking organisation. After a comprehensive evaluation process, they have demonstrated their shared values and common philosophy with the other Alliance organisations.

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The Alliance linking organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean are: Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano – IDH (Bolivia), Vía Libre (Peru), Corporación Kimirina (Ecuador), Colectivo Sol (Mexico), Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance (English-speaking Caribbean), POZ (Haiti), Asociación Atlacatl Vivo Positivo (El Salvador), RedTraSex and REDLACTRANS.

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