As this blog first reported back in October 2011, UNAIDS set out to try something no other UN agency had yet: to use crowdsourcing technologies and social media platforms to engage the public in developing AIDS policy. CrowdOutAIDS aimed to create a set of youth-defined recommendations that will guide the UNAIDS Secretariat’s work on HIV and young people through 2015.
The full set of crowdsourced recommendations are now presented in Strategy recommendations for collaborating with a new generation of leaders in the AIDS response.
Through this project, young people proposed six key recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariat, including:
- Strengthen young people’s skills for effective leadership at all levels of the AIDS response;
- Ensure the full participation of youth in the AIDS response at country, regional, and global levels;
- Improve young people’s access to HIV-related information;
- Diversify and strengthen strategic networks between the UNAIDS Secretariat, youth networks, and other key players;
- Increase the UNAIDS Secretariat’s outreach to both formal and informal networks of young people; and,
- Increase young people’s access to financial support.