INPUD Annual Report 2015-2016
The past two years have seen progress and achievement for INPUD and our regional networks. We have been working hard to strengthen and develop our activities, focusing on our policy, advocacy, and programmatic work to promote the health and defend the rights of people who use drugs around the world. We have increased the organisation’s capacity to mobilise communities of people who use drugs around the world and bring their voices to the forefront of local, regional, and international debates around human rights and drug policy. Key highlights and achievements over the last two years include the following:
- INPUD has continued to work to strengthen the capacity of drug user networks and grassroots organisations to advocate for their human rights, health, and policy reform through projects and workshops in Western and Eastern Europe, in Africa, and in Asia.
- INPUD and our members participated in high-level UN and WHO meetings and consultations, notably including the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs 2016 (UNGASS) to demand that our human rights be respected.
- INPUD undertook national and regional consultations and discussions with communities of people who use drugs, documenting human rights violations, community-driven demands and testimony, which informs our ongoing advocacy and rights publications, as well as responses to unfolding issues that impact communities of people who use drugs. This work has served also to inform the production and launch of five key publications and flagship documents over the last two years (in addition to INPUD’s publishing of statements and responses to issues impacting people who use drugs globally).
- INPUD’s key publications – notably including the Consensus Statement on Drug Use under Prohibition and the documents of INPUD’s Drug User Peace Initiative (both of which are discussed in more detail below) – have provided background information and reviews of secondary literature, and have documented the lived experiences and testimony of communities of people who use drugs. All of this serves to inform evidence-based and community-driven resources and materials that are used to inform our ongoing advocacy efforts.
- In addition to the above publications, INPUD has published over 20 advocacy documents, which include collaborative consultations, research, and writing, and have resulted in documents such as The Human Rights of and Demands from People who Use Drugs; Briefing Paper: Sex Workers who Use Drugs; and Bringing State Commitments to Gender Equality Action: Addressing the Needs of Women who Use Drugs. For a detailed list of INPUD’s publications over the last two years, please see below.
- In addition to our ongoing community-driven consultations and policy and advocacy work, our work continues to focus heavily on delivering and facilitating capacity-building training regionally and at country level, with this work taking place in over 15 countries over the last two years. INPUD has supported the development of new networks in Nigeria, South Africa, and Zanzibar.