Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 13977
Country/Region: Central Asia Region
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Management Sciences for Health
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,000,000

This mechanism supports CAR's PEPFAR strategy objective 2.

The AIDSTAR II Capacity Building projects goals are to assess NGO capacity in Central Asia and facilitate networking and linkages - especially advocacy campaigns - by indigenous institutions through south-to-south approaches. The project will conduct activities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The target populations are non-governmental organizations and the most-at-risk populations they serve.

In order to be cost-effective, this project will tap into local experience and expertise and use south-to-south approaches to implement project activities.Most project activities will be assessments and reviews but any materials that are developed will be incorporated into the local organizations plans or will be shared with other donors including the GFATM.

The project will develop monitoring and evaluation plans for all project activities, which will be reported to and monitored by USG.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $1,000,000

This mechanism supports the CAR's PEPFAR Strategy Objective 2, particularly sub-objective 2.1 Capacity building. This activity is linked to OHSS activity of Abt Associates /IM # 12746. In KZ, KG and TJ, donor-funded NGOs, primarily GFATM-funded NGOs, are the primary means for reaching vulnerable and stigmatized populations at risk of acquiring HIV. Although USG partner NGOs have received TA and training to implement prevention and outreach activities, and a wide range of support to implement health MIS and financial management programs, little has been done to strengthen capacity in the wider NGO community, both to enhance technical performance and promote organizational development and sustainability. In addition, NGOs can be powerful advocates for the populations they serve. However, more assistance is needed to improve their communication strategies and tailoring these messages. The AIDSTAR II project will support two objectives: 1) identify key areas for additional technical support to improve sustainability of NGOs and 2) provide TA to improve NGO advocacy and communication. To support objective 1, in FY12 the project will conduct a rapid diagnostic review of a representative sample of NGOs in KZ, KG and TJ. The review will examine the six key functions of sample organizations: governance, human resources, operations and management systems, financial resources, external relations and advocacy, and service delivery. Based on findings, the project will develop a TA plan and identify USG and other development partners who can provide this assistance. The goal of the activity is to ensure that NGOs are receiving a comprehensive package of technical and management assistance that addresses organizational development more broadly and enables NGOs to play a more robust role in the national AIDS response.Using the findings from the NGO capacity review, the project will use South-to-South approaches (perhaps working with Ukrainian or other NGOs in Eastern Europe) to develop advocacy materials and conduct training for Central Asian NGOs to build their capacity to target and conduct advocacy and policy change activities. These NGOs will build skills to launch campaigns to address stigma and discrimination, support improved harm reduction, including MAT programs, as well as advocate for increased funding for HIV prevention programs.The AIDSTAR II project will coordinate closely with USG partners, MOHs, development partners and GFATM PRs to ensure a harmonized approach to reviewing NGO capacity and developing strategies to improve advocacy and communication. In Kyrgyzstan, the project will review the DFID Central Asia Regional HIV/AIDS project (CARHAP) projects quality management instrument that it uses for all of its grant recipients.

Subpartners Total: $0
Cardno Emerging Markets: NA
Mott MacDonald: NA
International HIV/AIDS Alliance: NA
New Partner: NA
Save the Children: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $142,857
Human Resources for Health $142,857