Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012

Details for Mechanism ID: 9274
Country/Region: Malawi
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Management Sciences for Health
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,000,000

The strategic goal of the AIDSTAR-Two (II) Malawi Civil Society Organization (CSO) Capacity Building Project is to contribute to the reduction of the spread of HIV/AIDS by strengthening the technical and managerial capacity of local implementers across Malawi in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of civil societys response to HIV/AIDS in Malawi. This objective supports all four priorities articulated in the PEPFAR Partnership Framework (PF) and addresses the Supporting Human and Institutional Capacity Building cross-cutting component. The projects longer-term vision is to contribute to decreased HIV prevalence and incidence in Malawi, increased capacity of CSOs in Malawi to play a key and effective role within the national response, and a more favorable advocacy and policy environment for HIV prevention, care and support for PLHIV. CSOs are expected to deliver: 1) measurable improvements in leadership, management, governance capacity; 2) meet USG compliance financial and reporting requirements; 3) and show improved capacity and effectiveness in the areas of policy and advocacy to sustain HIV/AIDS services.

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

Despite progress on health and social issues in Malawi, there are significant structural and capacity barriers to an effective country-led and country-owned response to HIV/AIDS. Success in achieving all the health-related Millennium Development Goals depends on improving health infrastructure, drugs and medical supplies, human resource constraints and community participation in delivery of health care services. Weak staff and institutional capacity in the public sector affects delivery of health and development programs. As such, NGOs and CSOs play a critical role in the countrys development. Numerous NGOs/CSOs work throughout the country across a variety of areas, including health, but their organizational capacity needs to be strengthened in order to expand coverage, improve quality and sustain services. With many successes to celebrate, the CSO impact on health service delivery and health outcomes in Malawi nevertheless has yet to reach its full potential. General findings from a USAID pre-award survey indicate lingering shortcomings and performance gaps in the areas of financial management, governance systems, monitoring and evaluation, and internal administrative controls. OHSS funds will be used to address these barriers by working with local CSOs to build their capacity to demonstrate measurable improvements in leadership, management, governance and compliance with USG and other donors financial and reporting requirements to enhance their capacity and effectiveness in policy, advocacy and governance to sustain HIV/AIDS services in Malawi.By working through existing PEPFAR-funded partners, this project has identified interested CSOs currently working with PEPFAR prime partners and will jointly develop a technical and organizational development plan that will result in improved capacity of these organizations to deliver HIV/AIDS programs, particularly for OVC, in line with the strategic objective of both the local CSO and the strategic programmatic objective of the respective prime partner.

Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $1,000,000
Human Resources for Health $1,000,000
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services