What followed was the development of an action plan and the birth of a solidarity movement in support to countries and populations that are being most affected. The concept of a Civil Society Sustainability Network (CSSN) was developed with the idea of having a CS-owned group of experts to advocate for and support a medium and long-term sustainability of HIV- and TB-related programming for civil society and key and vulnerable populations.
In order to progress the idea of CSSN forward, between March-June 2017, International Civil Society Support conducted a consultative process that reached out to participants that attended Amsterdam 2016 meeting and other civil society activists. This process asked for more detail feedback in order to determine profile, roles and tasks of the core team of CS advocates that will steer CSSN and ultimately identify ideal candidates for the core team. Furthermore, the consultation also aimed to gain more understanding of the type of communication and coordination platform or central internal communications mechanism that will be needed as part of an effective communications strategy for the CSSN.