REGIONAL June 25, 2015

MSM & Transgender Communities Paving the Way to Sustain their Income

With the prevailing social stigma and oppressive law, access to funding is difficult for the everyday heroes working for the community of sexual and gender minorities.

The sustainability of many community organisations in the region has been questionable. With the prevailing social stigma and oppresive law, access to funding is difficult for the everyday heroes working for the community of sexual and gender minorities. It is not uncommon that their work survive from project to project and then disappear altogether due to their inability to sustain their income. In a constitutionally-Islamic …

LEARNING June 13, 2015

MSA Workshop on Resource Mobilisation & Sustainability

Meeting Digest

Turning the Corner: Regional Workshop on Resource Mobilisation & Sustainability, held from 25 to 27 May 2015 in Bangkok, was the first such workshop aimed at enabling financial sustainability among the advocacy works and service delivery on HIV and LGBT rights across South Asia. Organised by APCOM under the multi-country South Asia HIV programme, the workshop facilitated 29 community advocates from 24 organisations across Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, …

SHOWCASE April 30, 2015

Spotlight: The Humsafar Trust, India

Formed in 1994, The Humsafar Trust is the oldest LGBTQ organization in India. Based in Mumbai, the organisation was founded by Ashok Row Kavi, a reputed journalist and activist at a time when there was no talk and no national level movement for LGBT human rights. Today, Humsafar is one of the leading organizations covering the spectrum of sexual minorities …

SHOWCASE April 30, 2015

Spotlight: Lhak-Sam (BNP+), Bhutan

Lhak-Sam Bhutan Network of Positive People, often shortened as Lhak-Sam, is the first and only network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Bhutan – the landlocked South Asian kingdom. Registered officially as a civil society organisation in 2010, Lhak-Sam’s initial goal is to promote and provide leadership, education and capacity building for people living with HIV and their families. A home …

POLICIES March 31, 2015

Meeting Digest: 1st APCOM South Asia Strategic Information Advisors Meeting

The attendees of the upcoming meeting will discuss and provide guidance to the ongoing research studies that are currently being undertaken by MSA programme.

On 7 February 2015, APCOM hosted the inaugural APCOM South Asia Strategic Information Advisors (ASASIA) meeting. The advisory group consists of a group of regional experts with experience in policy, research, program development and organisational management. Also in attendance were key members form APCOM Management and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.The role of ASASIA is to function as a peer review …

SHOWCASE March 31, 2015

Empowering the Powerless in Pakistan

When we started initially, people spread rumours that [our drop-in centre] is a brothel of male sex workers. The police used to harrass us and our field workers. Now, some of [the police] even contact us

When Naz Male Health Alliance (NMHA) was founded in 2011, the challenges we had to go up against were numerous. Despite our unfaltering dedication and motivation, we were at first unsure about how much we could achieve. Working in a constitutionally Islamic country, with a visibly conservative society and an unaccommodating state, the amount of integration NMHA would find with …

SHOWCASE November 12, 2014

Spotlight: Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka

Established in 1953, the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (FPA Sri Lanka) serves as a non-governmental organization (NGO) that explores innovative and challenging processes of family planning in Sri Lanka. The organisation is proud to be one of the most expansive and well known NGO’s in the country that focuses on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and welfare, …

SHOWCASE October 28, 2014

Spotlight: Blue Diamond Society, Nepal

Founded in 2001, Blue Diamond Society (BDS) is committed to creating a Nepali society in which sexual and gender minorities can live with equal rights, freedom and dignity. BDS works with local communities and on a national level with the mission to improve the sexual health, human rights and well-being of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal. The organisation’s key activities …