This initiative involved three related projects:
- Network North-East: Mapping and Training MSM and Transgender Community Groups in North-Eastern India for Participation in National AIDS Control Programme– Phase III (2008)
- Network East: Mapping and Training MSM and Transgender Community Groups in Eastern India for Participation in National AIDS Control Programme– Phase III (2008-09)
- Network North-East Project Extension: Supporting NERO to MentorMSM and Transgender Community Groups and Targeted Interventions in North-Eastern India for Participation in National AIDS Control Programme – Phase III (2009-2010)
These projects, supported by the National AIDS Control Organisation in New Delhi, aimed to help the following groups to initiate or scale up their responses to the HIV epidemic in Eastern and North-Eastern India through participation in the NACP-III activities: (a) Informal networks of MSM / transgender (TG) individuals; (b) Community-based organizations (CBOs) of MSM / TG people; (c) Formal coalitions of MSM / TG individuals or CBOs; and (d) Non-government organizations (NGOs) that did not have an MSM / TG community base or leadership but worked with MSM / TG people.Key activities of the projects included:
- Mapping the networks, coalitions, CBOs and NGOs to prepare a database of MSM / TG community groups in Eastern and North-Eastern India
- NACP-III focused training and networking workshops for MSM / TG community groups and officials of State AIDS Control Societies, District AIDS Prevention and Control Units and their technical support agencies
- Post-workshop: Providing seed money support to assist informal networks attempting CBO formation, or to non-funded CBOs in need of administrative or capacity building support to prepare them for NACP-III participation
- Providing the TI implementing NGOs and other community groups (informal networks, CBOs and coalitions of CBOs) with a conceptual understanding of key issues like gender and sexuality, community mobilization, advocacy, TI management, and organizational development.
- Strengthening the TIs through mentoring, advocacy support for creating an enabling environment and extending their reach to MSM/TG community groups not covered by them.
- Supporting one or more NGOs or CBOs in the region to develop expertise on issues concerning MSM and TG populations and act as a local resource for government and civil society initiatives around sexual health and HIV for MSM and TG people.
This project received financial support from UNAIDS India.