From August 22 to August 24, 2016, Minsk is hosting a workshop on budget advocacy for organizations dealing with HIV prevention and harm reduction. The workshop will be conducted by Maxim Demchenko, a budget advocacy expert and Executive Director of the charitable organization Light of Hope from Poltava, Ukraine; and Valery Zhurakovsky, a member of the board of the International Educational Association ACT from Minsk, Belarus.
The aim of this workshop is to enhance civil society capacity in the issues pertaining to budget advocacy for harm reduction programs.
The workshop is focused on completing the following set of tasks:
- To analyze the existing status of implementing financial commitments by the government to sustain harm reduction programs;
- To provide workshop participants with information about available options for NGOs to get involved in policy-making processes owned by governmental authorities, as well as in developing corresponding implementation procedures;
- To provide workshop participants with information on the budget process and opportunities for NGO involvement;
- To share practical experience gained in the field of budget advocacy for harm reduction programs with workshop participants;
- To develop practical skills that are required to participate in the processes of budget advocacy for harm reduction programs;
- To develop an advocacy action plan to ensure the sustainability of harm reduction programs in the Republic of Belarus.
For several sessions, workshop participants will be joined by governmental officers who are working on the implementation of the HIV Prevention part of the national program National Health and Demographic Security in the Republic of Belarus for the period from 2016 to 2020, including the Ministry of Health; Belarus Republic Centre for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, and other governmental agencies.
This workshop is held by EHRN jointly with the national community-based association Positive Movement under the regional program “Harm Reduction Works—Fund It!” implemented by EHRN in six EECA countries with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.