The Community Action and Leadership Collaborative (CLAC) is a unique collaboration between AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). Working closely together we are able to link our deep understanding and connection with key populations to strong expertise in the areas of HIV and tuberculosis treatment access, human rights and community engaged programming.
The networks and their respective regional and county‐level affiliates have come together and combined their strengths to facilitate greater participation by key population groups in country dialogues and support the development of high quality rights‐based and evidence‐informed programming focused on meeting the needs of key populations and other vulnerable groups. The partners bring to the collaboration an impressive array of adaptable tools and expertise, including: key population specific Global Fund information materials; experience in capacity building for key populations and other civil society organizations; trainings to build data collection skills among networks of key populations; and experience in forging partnerships between key population‐led and more mainstream human rights organizations. Importantly, CLAC brings a direct link to people living with or disproportionately affected by HIV and/or tuberculosis represented on Country Coordination Mechanisms (CCMs).