Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 1339
Country/Region: Botswana
Year: 2009
Main Partner: Palladium Group (formerly Futures Group)
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $520,000

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $520,000

09.C.OV01: The Futures Group—Marang Childcare Network

The Futures Group provides services to support policy development, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation,

computer modeling, and strategic planning through its Health Policy Initiative Project (HPI). With a focus on

policy dialogue, HPI empowers partners to participate in the policymaking process. With an additional focus

on policy implementation, the initiative helps countries and organizations translate policies, strategic plans,

and operational guidelines into effective programs and services, especially for the poor and other

underserved groups.

HPI/Botswana's goal is to strengthen the response to the HIV epidemic by creating an enabling policy

environment for OVC, youth, women and other populations affected by HIV/AIDS. More specifically, HPI

supports the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Marang to assume leadership in the policy process

for OVC.

In FY2009, the project's objectives are to:

-strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of Marang and its members to provide quality care

and support services to OVC and to engage in policy dialogue at the community, district and national levels.

-provide technical support to the Government of Botswana to disseminate OVC guidelines, reports and

policy, further developing its capacity building experiences with non-government community groups in

Botswana. Four key activities will be conducted during the funding year including: dissemination of the

National OVC situation analysis findings and dissemination of the OVC guidelines and the OVC policy

-disseminate the National OVC situation analysis findings working with DSS and the Ministry of Local

Government (MLG). HPI will assist in the development of the dissemination strategy, user-friendly materials,

power-point presentations, and the media package. In addition, HPI has been working with the Marang

Child Care Network Trust to build the capacity of its 72-member network to provide quality OVC services at

the grassroots level. Through this activity, HPI will strengthen Marang's capacity and support a Capacity

Building position to work at the national level. This activity will build on Marang's strengths as a network to

enable it to support MLG in disseminating the findings of the OVC situation analysis throughout the country.

-work with DSS to develop a national dissemination strategy for the National OVC Guidelines, which were

recently launched, but not yet widely disseminated by the Government of Botswana (GOB). HPI and

Marang will roll out a user-friendly dissemination program that will reach stakeholders at the national, district

and village levels utilizing the Marang membership network

-work collectively with DSS and the Technical Working Group to review and confirm the dissemination

strategy and materials. The dissemination will reach at least 100 stakeholders at the national level and 150

CBOs/FBOs/NGOs service providers from 25 districts. Partners targeted for dissemination are strategically

placed geographically and programmatically to facilitate the effective spread and application of OVC

guidelines by various child service providers

OVC Policy

In order to provide a framework for a sustained, effective response, the GOB has developed a national

policy on OVC. To strengthen this effort, HPI will work with the MLG/DSS and the multi-sectoral technical

reference group to cost the OVC policy and facilitate its dissemination

HPI will work with DSS to scale up the reach of MPs, councillors, chiefs, and key government

ministries/departments through dissemination of situational analysis findings and the National guidelines on

Care of OVC, in order to create an environment conducive to policy reform and implementation. HPI will

further support this process by collaborating with the Ministry of Education (MOE) which deals with the OVC

returning to schools, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the area of OVC nutrition, and Catholic Relief Services

for remote and hard to reach families. Through collaboration, the service providers will understand the

mechanisms for quality control, standardization and compliance with OVC policy guidelines, which will

strengthen their specific interventions in the provision of comprehensive OVC services.

Marang is experiencing steady growth and, for that reason, will require increased technical capacity to

support their 72 member organization to provide effective and comprehensive OVC services at a national

level. Consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Marang signed with the GOB, HPI will

continue to strengthen Marang's technical capacity through support of six technical officers, as was done in

FY2008. This will include the Executive Director, Finance Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation officer,

Capacity Building and Resource Mobilization officer, and Day Care officer. Working in partnership with

strategic stakeholders in the Ministries of Health and Education, Hope World Wide and Catholic Relief

Services, HPI will support Marang to assist its member organization to scale up its direct reach of OVC to


From COP08:

The Marang Child Care Network Trust is the only umbrella body for organizations serving OVC in

Botswana. Currently, the organization has a membership of 37 community-based organizations. The main

purpose of Marang is to strengthen the organizational, management and technical capacity of its members.

Marang works to equip partner organizations with relevant skills and capacities in OVC programming.

To date Marang provided support and built capacity of 50 partner OVC-serving organizations in 24 districts

in the following areas: leadership skills, program planning and design, implementation and management,

Activity Narrative: M&E, local social and resource mobilization, and advocacy. The Marang Child Care Network Trust will

continue scaling up these activities which focus on the development of NGOs/CBOs/FBOs' capacities.

In FY2008, Marang will continue strengthening other OVC service providers especially community based

organizations in delivery quality services to OVC. In addition to this Marang will assist MLG's DSS in

advocacy and coordination. This will include dissemination of relevant legislation affecting orphans and

other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Marang will establish a data base of technical persons whose

capacity has already been developed by Marang to assist in training other service providers. Marang will

hire one additional technical staff person: a Day Care Officer. Exchange visits with OVC programs in other

countries and continued internal staff capacity building will expand.

Marang will work with DSS and other relevant stakeholders in establishing and strengthening coordination

committees such as the District Child Welfare Committees and Village Child Welfare Committees. Marang

will assist DSS in establishing Community Child Care Forums (CCCF). These CCCF will serve as the

"watch dogs" for OVC services at the community level. DSS will also collaborate with Marang in holding a

National OVC forum. This will be an annual event bringing all NGOs/CBOs/FBOs and other relevant

stakeholders together to share progress, best practices and lessons learned in OVC programming.

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 17418

Continued Associated Activity Information

Activity Activity ID USG Agency Prime Partner Mechanism Mechanism ID Mechanism Planned Funds

System ID System ID

17418 4892.08 U.S. Agency for Constella Futures 7751 1339.08 GPO-I-00-05- $200,000

International Group 00040-00:

Development Health Policy


10033 4892.07 U.S. Agency for The Futures 5380 1339.07 Technical $350,000

International Group Assistance

Development International

4892 4892.06 U.S. Agency for The Futures 3522 1339.06 Technical $400,000

International Group Assistance

Development International

Table 3.3.13:

Subpartners Total: $0
Marang Child Care Network: NA