The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition through its research branch the Robert CARR, Centre for Action Research Resources has launched a call for Participatory Action Research grants (PAR) to help build-up the evidence-base for interventions aimed at reducing negative attitudes towards PLHIV and key populations in Jamaica.
This Participatory Action Grant will support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of how stigma and discrimination impacts the health of community members.
This Participatory Action Research methodology is based on the belief that research must be done with people, not for them or on them. The researchers and community members that make up the research team are active co-participants who learn from one another. The research is grounded in critical reflection and is action-oriented to influence systemic change on the issues they are investigating.
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and its partners Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), have received a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will bring together organizations with complementary mandates, technical expertise and constituencies in a harmonized approach to leverage and support the effort of communities, civil society actors governments and technical partners in advancing the regional HIV response. This project provides a unique opportunity to institutionalize partnerships between civil society and governments to achieve and sustain effective programs that meet the needs of key populations (KPs) and reduce the impact of HIV.
The grant seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Reduce structural barriers to PLHIV and key population services especially those due to stigma & discrimination.
- Strengthen the evidence-base for HIV stigma interventions aimed at reducing negative attitudes towards PLHIV/Key Populations.
- Involve PLHIV in the design, implementation and evaluation of S&D intervention and research activities.
- Target stigma (e.g. enacted, anticipated, and/or internalized stigma) among PLWHIV and Key Populations.
- Improve knowledge generation and use of strategic information on key populations for decision-making and project implementation by communities and other stakeholders.
- Include a rigorous monitoring and evaluation of impact on issues such as access to services, disclosure, continuum of care etc.
- Research grants of up to seventeen thousand and five hundred US Dollars (US$17,500) will be made available to eligible CBO’s for a research project of maximum 6 months duration.
- To be eligible to apply for this funding the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be legally registered CBO in Jamaica.
- Note: Unregistered grass roots organisations are able to submit an application if they have a legally registered NGO to act as fiscal sponsor for them.
- Be providing services to Persons Living With IBHHIV including Men who Have Sex with Men, Trans women, migrants, sex workers, persons who use drugs or marginalised youth, for at least three years.
- Have identified an experienced lead researcher that can oversee the research project in all its phases, and who will be responsible for the final research report. The CV of the lead researcher should be included in the application package.
For more information, visit Caribbean Vulnerable Communities.