Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 7316
Country/Region: Botswana
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Palladium Group (formerly Futures Group)
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

Goals and Objectives:

The Marang Child Care Network Trust has a membership of 72 community-based organizations serving OVC in Botswana. 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.

Linkage to Partnership Framework goals:

The Marang Childcare Network has a linkage with the Partnership Framework goal 2 "To increase the GOB, civil society and private sector ability to sustain high quality, cost effective HIV and AIDS services". Marang childcare network does through providing a series of capacity building programs to OVC providers (NGOs/CBOs/FBOs) to develop their capacities.

Geographic coverage and target population:

Marang Childcare Network has a wide coverage over the country. It has a membership of 72 which works to provide quality OVC services at the grassroots level.

Implementing mechanism's cross-cutting programs and key issues:

Their activities are being funded through the pipeline, they do not require additional funding this year.

Monitoring and Evaluation plans:A Monitoring and Evaluation person who reports to Health Policy Initiative on a quarterly basis is in place. The M & E person reports on relevant targets derived from the NGI Indicator's document. Health Policy Initiative in turn reports to USAID. HPI has provided support to the Nurse Association of Botswana (NAB) to form a support group for health workers affected by HIV and AIDS. Following the training, 35 facilitators established support groups at eight facilities to provide psychosocial support to 233 health workers. This was done following the recognition that health workers are on the frontline in providing services and care for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The work is physically, emotionally, and psychologically demanding. Health workers not only provide care and support to an increasing number of clients, but many are also affected by HIV personally, either by being infected themselves and/or caring for family affected members.

On the issue of HIV/AIDS and gender, HPI is doing some work through an organization named Kgetsi Ya Tsie (KYT). A situation analysis conducted on KYT identified KYT's strengths and challenges in microfinance, gender, HIV, and community mobilization. Challenges included inadequate governance and leadership structures, limited finance and business management skills, reliance on natural resources without a sustainability plan, limited knowledge on gender and HIV/AIDS, and insufficient resources. HPI and partners used these findings to provide training and support to KYT to revitalize its governance structure and help KYT become more familiar about gender and HIV. To foster collaboration and leverage resources to support KYT, HPI has been meeting with a variety of partners to (1) identify specific resources and TA in microenterprise, HIV/AIDS, and gender that each partner can provide to KYT and (2) foster partnership and coordination in assisting and revitalizing KYT.

Subpartners Total: $0
Marang Child Care Network: NA
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increasing women's access to income and productive resources