Sashakt (meaning empowerment) is an UNDP India supported project to strengthen community systems for MSM/TG/Hijra communities in India. This is an 18 month pilot project to the approved Global Fund Round 9 initiated from September 2009 – February 2011. This project is implemented by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in collaboration with four civil societies – SAATHII, SIAAP, HST and Maan AIDS Foundation. The project aims at demonstrating two basic intervention themes – ability of the community to come together in form of groups and synergize with the national HIV/AIDS programme by taking on programmes specific to their communities and to demonstrate need and approaches that address specific issues and services for the MSM/TG/Hijra community. SIAAP entered into an agreement with India HIV/AIDS alliance as a state lead partner in October 2009 and chose to work with Social Welfare Association for Men (SWAM) as the implementing partner since we have had a long-term association with them and because they are one of the oldest and successful CBOs in the city running sexual health projects for MSM and TG in the city of Chennai.