About Us

Our History

ABDGN emerged from activities organized for the African and Black Diaspora stream at the 16th International AIDS Conference held in Toronto, Canada in August 2006. The first of its kind at the International AIDS Conference (IAC), the Diaspora stream presented an extraordinary opportunity to highlight the HIV/AIDS pandemics happing to African and Black populations living in the western world.

The African and Caribbean Council on HIV and AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) and the Black AIDS Institute (BAI), with support from the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) and the Toronto Local Host Secretariat for AIDS 2006, advocated for a stream of activities, events, and conference sessions that highlighted the unique HIV/AIDS issues for African and Caribbean populations living in western developed countries. 

ACCHO then recruited an international advisory committee with organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe to facilitate the implementation of the stream for the conference. Though participant discussions and feedback, and the successful partnerships and collaborations that emerged, the committee decided to move forward in establishing a global network entitled “African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS.

Since AIDS 2006, ABDGN has maintained the enthusiasm and commitment to the implementation of the network, recruited new governing council members, deliver the Diaspora stream for the 17th IAC in Mexico City, Mexico in 2008, organized a strategic planning meeting in November 2009, and coordinated a series of activities for the 18th IAC in Vienna Austria in 2010.

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Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision  

To end the AIDS epidemic across the African/Black diaspora through the utilization of a rights-based approach


Our Mission

The African and Black Disapora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN) works to strengthen the response to HIV and AIDS epidemics and associated stigma and discrimination among African/Black communities in the Diaspora using a rights-based approach.”

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Our Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

The ABDGN has 8 guiding principles that are the foundation though which our vision and mission will be achieved.


GIPA and MIPA:  The network embraces the principles of GIPA (the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS) and MIPA (the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS) into all aspects of the work it undertakes.  We support and understand the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and meaningful participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives.   We endorse the MIPA Code of Good Practice that defines the involvement of PLHIV and affected communities as a specific expression of the right to active, free and meaningful participation in all aspects of the HIV/AIDS response.  The Code recognizes that involving PLHIV and affected communities in the HIV response makes a powerful contribution to the pandemic by enabling individuals and communities to draw on their lived experiences; thus contributing to reducing stigma and discrimination and to increasing the effectiveness and appropriateness of the HIV/AIDS response.


Transparency and Accountability:The network is committed to ensuring the structure and function of the network, decision making processes, and utilization of resources are clear and transparent to network members.  The network will regularly monitor and evaluate its activities against its vision, mission and guiding principles. Further, we will actively seek opportunities to share challenges and successes with stakeholders.


Anti-Oppression Framework:The network will work to eliminate the impacts of multiple structural and systemic sources of oppression based on race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, disability, age, legal status and other dimensions of difference that harm individual and community responses to HIV /AIDS for African and Black people in the Diaspora.


Social Justice : The network will incorporate a social justice philosophy to inform the work and activities of the network; utilizing practices and tools based on the promotion of human rights and social determinants of health. The interconnected influences of social, economic, political and environmental circumstances on HIV/AIDS for African and Black people living in the Diasporas are important realities this network will address.


Diversity and Inclusion :   The network will support the involvement of diverse African and Black populations, allies and stakeholders that comprise the membership of the network; we are committed to fostering community-based shared understandings that value diversity through the use of language that is non-stigmatizing, respectful, and inclusive.


Capacity Building and Leadership Development:  The network will use and support individual and community based models of capacity building and leadership development with organizations on the ground and regional hubs, thus ensuring sustainable growth for the future of the network.


Advocacy:The network will strategically advocate with, and on behalf of, African and Black people living in the Diasporas on a variety of issues including but not limited to the following: securing/ ensuring adequate financial and human resources; informed policy decision-making; scaling up prevention, treatment, care and support; and research involving communities represented by the network.


Overall Representation of Africans:  The network will strive to ensure the accurate and positive representation of African and Black people in all of its communication, activities and planning processes.  Images of African and Black people will be empowering and positive representations of our communities and lived experiences.

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Our Governing Council

The following organizations represent the governing council of the ABDGN

Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre (Canada)

African and Caribbean Council on HIV and AIDS in Ontario ACCHO (Canada)

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (Canada)

The Black AIDS Institute (USA)

African Services Committee (USA)

AIDES (France)

Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (Jamaica)

African Health Policy Network (United Kingdom)

Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (Australia)


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Our Strategic Plan

Please click for a PDF version of our

3 year strategic planning document

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Our Geographic Regions

The work of the ABDGN is currently focused on the following regions:

North America


Latin America

Western Europe

Central Europe

Pacific Region

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Our Publications


Please click on the links below for a PDF version of our publications


AIDS 2006 Report

AIDS 2008 Report

Strategic Planning Document

A Global Review of Policy and Programmatic Responses to HIV

Literature Review: African and Caribbean Black Diaspora and HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS Impacts within the African and Black Diaspora: Policy Paper




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The ABDGN logo was designed to represent our clear and assertive voice, as well as our interconnected strengths.

  • The AB perfectly balanced on the DG represents the visual connectedness of African and Black populations throughout the Diaspora
  • The D separated from the AB represents the global spread of African and Black populations in the Diaspora; by using the same color for all three letters, the African and Black Diaspora is presented as a unit
  • The A touching the D symbolizes the African roots of the Diaspora
  • The GN combined and in the same color represent the global ties of the network
  • The N is larger to reflect the strength of a network

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Contact Us

African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN)

2 Carlton Street, Suite 500

Toronto, ON, Canada

M5B 1J3

Tel. 1.416.571.9326

General Fax: 1.416.593.5867

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