Empowering key populations

UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Strategy recognises the importance of empowering key populations in all epidemic settings, through actions to address social, legal and cultural barriers to accessing HIV and other health services, realize human rights and promote dialog and participation in policy development, health governance and programming.

NGO working with People Living with HIV (PLHIV) to engage in economic activity

Stigma, violence and discrimination against key populations contribute to their exclusion from society, limiting their access to health and social services and hindering development.

UNDP’s policy and programme support includes, amongst other things:

  • Working with government, civil society and UN partners to implement the findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on issues affecting key populations
  • Promoting empowerment of key populations
  • Promoting rights-based HIV and health responses for key populations
  • Integrating programmes for key populations in national HIV and other health programmes
  • Strengthening the evidence base and capacities on the inclusion of key populations, and
  • Eliminating HIV-related stigma, discrimination and violence against key populations.
Critical Enablers