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UNAIDS Launches #CrowdOutAIDS Strategy on HIV/AIDS

ABUJA, 24th April, 2012

Courtesy:AF-AIDS Forum

Youth leaders from around the world today presented a set of youth-defined recommendations that will guide the UNAIDS Secretariats work on HIV and young people through 2015. The recommendations were received by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at an event in the Paiko community near Abuja, organized together with Nigerian youth leaders and government officials.

Based on the voices and views of more than 5000 young people from 79 countries, the recommendations resulted from CrowdOutAIDS, an innovative youth-led policy project initiated by UNAIDS. Leveraging crowdsourcing technology and new media tools, the five-month project enabled young people to fully participate in the development of strategic recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariats youth agenda.

I am so impressed by the dedication, energy and enthusiasm that young people have shown through the CrowdOutAIDS initiative, said Mr Sidibé. The recommendations they have presented to UNAIDS will help us mobilize a new generation of young leaders and we will work together to stop new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.

Presenting the recommendations to UNAIDS, Gabriel Adeyemo, a young Nigerian activist, described CrowdOutAIDS as a high level meetingbut by and for young people. It brought decision-making to the grassroots, to the skilled and unskilled, learned and unlearned, rich and poor, to contribute to an issue that affects all our lives: HIV,” said Adeyemo, who is also the West Africa focal point for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS.

Globally, an estimated five million young people (15-24 years of age) are living with HIV. About 3000 young people are newly infected with HIV each day. According to recent surveys in low- and middle-income countries, only 24% of young women and 36% of young men responded correctly when asked questions on HIV prevention and transmission.

Through CrowdOutAIDS, young people proposed six key recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariat, including:

1. Strengthen young peoples skills for effective leadership at all levels of the AIDS response;
2. Ensure the full participation of youth in the AIDS response at country, regional, and global levels;
3. Improve young peoples access to HIV-related information;
4. Diversify and strengthen strategic networks between the UNAIDS Secretariat, youth networks, and other key players;
5. Increase the UNAIDS Secretariats outreach to both formal and informal networks of young people; and,
6. Increase young peoples access to financial support.

We have worked together, using the simplest toolseach one of us in their own corner of the worldto create spaces of exchange and draft this important document in real-time, public online sessions, said Zahra Benyahia, a CrowdOutAIDS drafting committee member. This is not the end. Its the first step toward revolutionary youth leadership in the AIDS response. (

The full set of recommendations are presented in Strategy recommendations for collaborating with a new generation of leaders in the AIDS responsethe first-ever crowdsourced AIDS-related document in UN history. The recommendations, together with an internal organizational assessment on HIV and young people, will inform the UNAIDS Secretariats New Generation Leadership Strategy.

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For more details;Visit: CrowdOutAIDS Website

Photo Credit: Bankole Taiwo

Join 48-hour final debate on CrowdOutAIDS Strategy!

After months of hard work—from the Open Forums, the solutions application, and collective authoring—we are almost at the finishing line! 

To finalize the strategy, take part in the 48 hour drafting-marathon startingWednesday 28 March at 1pm GMT, ending Friday 30 March 12 pm GMT, to discuss and endorse the Strategy produced by the CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee.

Click here to review and add your comments on the strategy now

The Drafting Committee or UNAIDS will be online to answer questions via the live chat function of the Google doc application or respond to comments as they are posted.

Thank you for all your great thoughts and ideas, and for contributing your experience to CrowdOutAIDS—the first crowdsourced strategy in the history of the UN. Together, we will increase youth leadership, ownership and mobilization at all levels of the AIDS response to reach the goals set in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS!

Thank you so much on behalf of the CrowdOutAIDS team

Ps. To review the process to date, visit the CrowdOutAIDS blog

Call for Applications: UNAIDS CrowdOutAIDS Online Drafting Committee

The CrowdOutAIDS online and offline forums are coming to an end; we are making preparations for the next phases to transform discussions into an actionable strategy. We are analyzing all the fantastic input and will turn this into a survey which will be sent back to participants to validate the findings of the forums.

In the final step of CrowdOutAIDS, an independent drafting committee will be selected to collaboratively author the outcome document of the process via online tools and live drafting sessions.

The drafting committee will be made up of 7 “editors.” The purpose of the drafting committee is to objectively reflect on the various outputs from the CrowdOutAIDS process and put together a clear, concise, actionable plan together with key definitions and principles that UNAIDS should adhere to when working with young people.

We are now calling for applicants to be part of this exciting drafting committee – interested? Keep reading!

Scope of work 

  • Adhere to the principles of the CrowdOutAIDS process including transparency, openness, inclusiveness and youth-led.
  • Read all background materials and analysis of input carefully, and participate in briefing calls with the CrowdOutAIDS team.
  • Objectively represent the outputs of the CrowdOutAIDS process.
  • Take the lead in drafting at least one section of the CrowdOutAIDS outcome document, and provide constructive feedback to other sections.
  • Integrate comments via the chat function in the online drafting application from the CrowdOutAIDS participants.
  • Post each final section of the CrowdOutAIDS outcome document to one of the CrowdOutAIDS online forums for validation. For some forums this will require translation of the section into the forum language and translation of comments to English.
  • Synthesize and incorporate comments from the online forums into the English collaborative document.
  • Mobilize young people in your networks to take part in the CrowdOutAIDS process.

Time commitment

  • Writing process will take place during the last two weeks of January, from 20-40 hours each of the two weeks.
  • Available for several live drafting sessions, and reporting on the work of the drafting committee to the CrowdOutAIDS online forums, including some translation.

Inclusion criteria

  • Active involvement in CrowdOutAIDS
  • Under 30 years of age
  • Fluent English speaker and writer, with at least one of the following languages considered an asset: Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and/or Portuguese.
  • Proven ability to remain neutral and objective
  • Previous experience with collaborative document authoring considered an asset

Additional selection principles

  • Gender balance and equity
  • Regional balance
  • Key populations at higher risk and young people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply. The selection process will be confidential


To ensure the independence of the drafting committee, members will work on a voluntary basis with the CrowdOutAIDS participants as their key constituency

Selection process

  • Send your CV and a motivation letter (of maximum 300 words), in which you answer the following questions:

a) How have you been involved in CrowdOutAIDS so far?
b) Why should you be selected as a Drafting Committee member?
c) In your opinion, why is it important for the drafting committee to remain independent?

  • Seven online drafting committee members will be selected
  • The final selection of the drafting committee will be made by the 9th of January 2012 by a selection committee consisting of:

a) One moderator from the online CrowdOutAIDS forums (in consultation with the other moderators)
b) A representative from the External Working Group made up of members of global youth networks working on AIDS.
c) A CrowdOutAIDS project team member (UNAIDS staff)

Send your application before January 2, 2012 to The final selection will be made by January 9, 2012.

Good luck and happy holidays for the CrowdOutAIDS team! 


Call for Volunteers:UNAIDS CrowdOutAIDS Project!

CrowdOutAIDS works with young people from all continents! is looking for a network of volunteers to host offline CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum, because not all young people have access to the internet, particularly in areas where new HIV infections among young people are high. These meet-ups are crucial to ensure that the new UNAIDS strategy on HIV and young people truly represents the diverse perspectives of young people in the AIDS response. If you agree to host an Open Forum you will receive a discussion and “how to” guide, as well as a letter of recognition from UNAIDS for dedicating your time and effort to CrowdOutAIDS.

Click here for more info:

 About CrowdOutAIDS

 CrowdOutAIDS is the first time the UN collaboratively develops an actionable strategy on HIV and young people using online technologies, and youth organized meet-ups around the world. The aim is to rebuild the UNAIDS Secretariat’s work with young people from the ground up. Notall young people have access to the internet, particularly in some countries and communities where new HIV infections are high. To ensure that the strategy captures the diverse needs and challenges faced by young people in the AIDS response today, volunteers will host CrowdOutAIDS Open Forums around the world.

 We would very much like to encourage you to host an offline open forum. It’s not difficult, and will be of great value for the strategy. This is how you can do it:

 How to host a CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum?

 * Pick a date and venue for your Open Forum Register your Open Forum here on

* If you’ve registered, your Open Forum will show on an interactive map that will be launched next week

* You will receive a detailed “how to” guide via email or mail, if specifically requested.

* Share the idea of the Open Forums with friends, colleagues and other young people, and invite them to join.

When should I hold the Open Forum?

* Please plan your Open Forum so you can report back to no later than December 14, to make sure the output of your Open Forum is incorporated into the strategy.

What happens with the report from my Open Forum?

 * Your report from the CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum will be posted online and feed into the strategy development, just like the CrowdOutAIDS online Open Forums.

 * Based on the output from Online and Offline Open Forums, an elected online drafting committee of young people will draft the strategy via a wiki-like platform. Find out more here.

* You will receive a letter of recognition from UNAIDS for dedicating your time and effort to CrowdOutAIDS.

 It would be great if you could volunteer to host a CrowdOutAIDS offline Open Forum—this is a unique process for in the United Nations; let’s set the gold standard together in the UN’s work to include young people in policy development! We hope to have you on board and look forward to sharing more information with you shortly!