The Harm Reduction Consortium brings together seven of the leading international and regional harm reduction, drug policy and drug user networks: IDPC, Harm Reduction International (HRI), Youth RISE, the Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN), the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), and the European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD).
Under the auspices of a three-year grant from the Robert Carr Fund, the Consortium exists to challenge the global war on drugs (the critical factor affecting the rights of people who use drugs), to scale-up access to harm reduction services, and to advocate for greater resources for harm reduction. The Consortium’s work together dates back to advocacy funding from the UK Department for International Development since 2006.
Together, the Consortium partners have a proven track record of effective collaboration on joint projects, advocacy and events. The current three-year grant (2019-2021) focuses on five consortium-wide objectives:
- A global initiative to reframe the messaging, “storytelling” and communications around harm reduction and drug policies
- Coordinated advocacy around key UN structures such as the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
- Coordinated advocacy and information sharing at key HIV-related fora and conferences
- The global Support Don’t Punish campaign enabling local partners and ISP groups to promote harm reduction and policy reforms
- Cross-consortium communications and network capacity building
In addition, each of the seven partners also deliver their own high-impact HIV work, including research, resource development, CSO and ISP capacity building, video advocacy (working closely with the Rights Reporter Foundation) and budget advocacy.