This Sunday, September 23rd 2012, AAD was specially honored during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York for their action combating the spread of AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The CGI, founded by Bill Clinton in 2005, brings together a diverse collection of businesses, international institutions and individuals each year who seek to alleviate the harmful effects of underdevelopment by proposing innovative solutions to pressing global issues. In this way, each CGI member is encouraged to submit one or several “Commitments to Action”, projects aimed at achieving specific tangible results.
As part of their first CGI commitment, developed in 2007, AAD notably launched the program “Les Bulles de Bukavu”, focusing on AIDS awareness with very encouraging results (twice as many individuals requesting voluntary AIDS screening tests). To build on this success and to continue in their partnership with the Congolese association SOS-Sida, AAD chose to present a new ‘Commitment’ this year entitled ‘Art Against AIDS: Enabling Local Solutions in the DRC’.
This new Commitment consists in launching a nationwide AIDS awareness and prevention campaign and regroups two new AAD projects launched this September in the DRC: ‘Operation: Prevention’ and ‘Le Rap du Dépistage’.
As for ‘Operation: Prevention’, AAD will finance a comic book sequel to ‘Les Diamants du Kamituga’, much awaited by the comic’s many young readers. 150,000 of this second comic will be printed and distributed for free throughout the DRC, encouraging the population to take an HIV screening test.
With ‘Rap Against AIDS’, AAD has committed to financing and ensuring the distribution, throughout the country, of a rap album by Bukavu-based music group Black’s Power, with lyrics tackling the theme of AIDS. Over a 2-year period, the group will perform six shows alongside SOS-Sida staff in ‘AIDS awareness events’ in different areas of South-Kivu, as well as in two giant concerts organized in Bukavu and Kinshasha for World AIDS Day.
Through this new Commitment, AAD takes on the CGI approach, centered on sharing innovative solutions and adapting them to local context. Indeed, ‘Art Against AIDS’ is founded on a solid partnership between AAD and local Congolese association SOS-Sida, and seeks to pool the experience acquired through the ‘Les Bulles de Bukavu’ project. AAD now seeks to establish new partnerships with other actors working in the DRC in order to further extend the reach of its new and exciting projects.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.