The 3rd Annual Leadership Awards
Celebrating emerging leaders
Commemorating World AIDS Day 2018

World AIDS Day on December 1st is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who lost their battle to AIDS. India HIV/AIDS Alliance observes the day for a constructive dialogue between the government, people living with HIV, communities most affected by HIV and other civil society organisations that are working on the issue.

This year, the theme of World AIDS Day is “Know your status” which aims to encourage people to get tested and know about their HIV status.

India has made some remarkable progress in addressing the epidemic in the country. Not only has India been able to substantially reduce the incidence of HIV, but has been successful in taking care of those who are affected, and creating a dramatic decrease in the morbidity and mortality due to it. This outstanding result has been due to the relentless work done by many stakeholders under the leadership of NACO, Government of India and includes (but is not limited to) people living with or affected by HIV, vulnerable communities, civil society, academic institutions and international bodies.

While our progress against the epidemic is substantial, we still have a long way to go and to keep the momentum going, it is important that the emerging leadership is encouraged and commitment of leaders are revitalised to further strengthen our national response.

India HIV/AIDS Alliance would like to present the platform ‘Annual Leadership Awards 2018’ in its third consecutive year to recognise and award emerging change-makers and leaders whose pioneering work has contributed and enabled the robust HIV response.

Who is eligible?

Individuals or an organisations/company/institution who or which represent men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender and hijra (TGH), sex workers (SW), people who use drugs (PWUDs), people living with HIV (PLHIV) and young population communities across the HIV programmes in India. In particular, individuals/organisations that have contributed substantially and worked relentlessly against the HIV epidemic in India.

Category I: Leadership: Individual level (6 awards – one in each category) (award is for emerging leaders who have been in leadership for less than five years)

Applicant should be from the following communities – MSM, TGH, SW, PWUDs, PLHIV and youth (from any of the above community)

• Engaged in working with communities for last one year from young people, key population and PLHIV communities.
• Demonstrated his/her work for the community and provided guidance, clarity, coordination and technical expertise to enrich the
national response to the HIV epidemic in the country.
• Undertook advocacy that exceeded expectations for the HIV affected communities.
• Played a lead role in strengthening the community at state or national level in raising awareness related to HIV and is generally
recognised as a leader in this field.
•  Participated in stakeholder groups dedicated to advancing rights of key populations and PLHIV communities.
• Championed the HIV advocacy, programme implementation, strategy for enhanced engagement of communities within his/her
organisation/ network.
• Has had a concrete achievement to share.

Category II: Impact: Organisation (1 award)

  • Applicant should be an organisation led by communities with all board members representing MSM, TGH, SW, PWID and young        people or PLHIV communities.
  • Should be engaged in working with key populations and PLHIV communities for last one year for CBOs (community based organisation or community led networks).
  • The organisation’s advocacy, networking, innovation and implementation efforts should have clearly established impact on HIV affected communities in the last one year.
  •  The organisation’s work has been documented and clearly established with regards to attribution and contribution to the impact.
  • There is a concrete measurable outcome that the organisation can claim and prove.

How do you apply?

Individuals and organisations from the above mentioned communities can apply directly by completing an application form in English or Hindi.  You can also download, scan and submit the form. The form can be downloaded from the link below, filled and submitted by email at by 15th November 2018, 5.30 pm Indian Time.

Can one be nominated?
It is not permissible to nominate others. Applications are accepted only from individuals or organisations.

Selection of the Awardee

‘Leadership Award Selection Committee’ has been constituted comprising representatives from multi stakeholders including supporters and partners. The committee will be responsible for screening the call for nominations and recommend recipient for the award.

What is the timeline?

The committee will provide their recommendations to the India HIV/AIDS Alliance by November 20th, 2018. The award nominees will be notified following the recommendations and will be invited to Delhi for an exciting day where the awards will be handed over to the winners. The award will be presented during the award ceremony on 30th November 2018 in New Delhi. The name of the award recipient will be kept confidential until the award is presented.

Download the application below:

Application Form 1 for the individual category
Application Form 2 for CBOs