The HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (CSF) is an informal advisory body established by the European Commission.
The HIV CSF is linked to the work of the HIV/AIDS Think Tank, which brings together EU and neighbouring countries’ government representatives, UNAIDS, WHO Europe, UNAIDS, ECDC, EMCDDA and UNODC. The CSF delegation at the Think Tank provides advice on issues discussed from the community perspective. The coordination team organises two meetings per year, and facilitates CSF advocacy initiatives throughout the year.
Project aims: Facilitate the participation of NGOs and networks, including those representing people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in European policy developments, implementation and evaluation. It also serves to facilitate the exchange of information and know-how between groups and countries.
Duration: Started in 2005 – the current phase of the CSF is funded from January 2015 for a period of 3 years.
Main Partners: Members of the EU HIV CSF come from all over Europe and are selected by the Commission following a call for expression of interest. Membership includes both national organisations and European networks (members list available on the website – see above).
EATG participation: EATG co-chairs the CSF together with AIDS Action Europe (AAE) and supports its coordination. An EATG member co-chairs the HIV CSF.
Main funding source: The coordination of the HIV CSF is funded by the EU Public Health Programme via an operating grant to AIDS Action Europe.