HIV and the Law: Evaluating Impact

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HIV Global Project for the Evaluation of The Global Commission on HIV

USC IIGH, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is conducting an evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness and impacts of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law for the health and lives of people living with, or affected by, HIV. Results highlight the important contributions of this work from 2012 to present for the lives of people living with or affected by HIV, and the legal environments needed to best support them.


Focus Areas:

Sexuality, Gender and Rights

Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Enjoyment of Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls Affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

As part of its ongoing commitment to follow up on the recommendations from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the UNDP Regional Service Centre Africa, with the assistance of the government of Sweden, launched a project aimed at addressing the gap in focused advocacy for legal review, legal reform, and strategies to strengthen access to justice and law enforcement for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa. USC IIGH conducted an independent evaluation to understand the project’s implementation processes, challenges and successes for greater learning about what works, focusing on the project’s contribution to longer-term desired outcomes and sustainable change in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Ferguson L, Nicholson A, Henry I, Saha A, Sellers T, Gruskin S. Assessing Changes in HIV-related Legal and Policy Environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation. PLOS ONE. 2018.

Effectiveness of Efforts to Remove Legal Barriers to HIV Prevention and Care: Baseline and Endline Evaluations of the Global Fund Africa Regional HIV Grant

Working with four sub-recipient organizations and funding from The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) oversaw implementation of diverse activities to improve the HIV-related legal and policy environment. Contracted by UNDP, the USC IIGH Program on Global Health and Human Rights carried out baseline and endline assessments on the HIV-related legal and policy environment in 10 countries in Africa. The baseline evaluation provided an overview of the pre-intervention situations against which progress could be assessed, and the endline evaluation assessed not only the changes that have occurred, but also specifically how project activities may have contributed to these changes.


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