The Key Populations Investment Fund was announced during the 2016 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. The $100 million fund will support both proven approaches and innovative, tailored, community-led strategies to address critical gaps in HIV programming for key populations. The report defines key populations in line with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS-developed definitions, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners. The Investment Fund provides an opportunity to expand and widely disseminate effective programs. It will address complex issues that create barriers to HIV prevention and treatment services and keep vulnerable communities at the margins of the HIV response. These include:
- Acceptance of human rights of all persons, without distinction
- Access to quality services for key populations
- Systematic and rigorous monitoring of stigma and discrimination, combined with clear actions to mitigate them
- Availability of data on the size of key populations and their use of prevention and treatment services
- Improved capacity of organizations led by key populations to advocate for changes in policies and directly implement services.
All stakeholders, partners, and other interested parties are invited to provide thoughts, comments, and feedback on the implementation and planning of the fund.