Improving meaningful participation of communities in national level decision making process
H. Perez Vazquez1, J.A. Izazola2, C. García de León3, J.M. Alvarez3
1CENSIDA (Natl. Aids Program), Prevención y Participación Social, México, Mexico, 2CENSIDA (Natl. Aids Program), Dirección General, México, Mexico, 3CENSIDA (Natl. Aids Program), México, Mexico
Issues: It recognized the fundamental role of civil society and people from key populations in the response to HIV and AIDS epidemic, but seldom engage and strengthen efforts to promote meaningful participation, recognized and articulated between the company itself civil and between it and other actors.
Description: Mexico has diverse areas of proposal and decision to include the participation of civil society and key populations. In addition to the State Councils of HIV / AIDS, some of the most important are the UNAIDS Theme Group, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM-MEX) and the National AIDS Council- NAC (CONASIDA).
It was identified that there was a breach in the rules of civil society participation: lack of rotation of representatives, contested selection procedures, duplication of the same representatives and as a result of all this disagreement between sectors of civil society.
The National AIDS Program called for a Civil Society Convention of Organizations working in HIV / AIDS. Attended by 119 delegates and observers from the same number of organizations, with presence of 27 of the 32 states of the country. Objectives were discussed, regulations, responsibilities and profiles for participation in each space. Attendees will define and implement a transparent and democratic process that resulted in electing representatives and alternates to the MCP-MEX; for the UNAIDS theme group and the NAC. People choose to receive a training course in which they started strategic plans for advocacy of civil society in such spaces.
Lessons learned: Strengthening civil society includes providing opportunities for discussion, coordination and planning that include advances in representation, grassroots consultation, accountability and strategic alliances with other actors in the response.
Next steps: The selected representatives and partners are recognized by the government sector and other stakeholders; along with them will ensure compliance with clear rules in favor of a participatory and democratic involvement.
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