Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2013

Details for Mechanism ID: 10393
Country/Region: Namibia
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Pact, Inc.
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $9,256,413

The goal of the Community REACH Namibia Program is to scale up and sustain a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS services through civil society organizations (CSO) and Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) ministries. The award has six objectives: 1. provide a grant-making system for indigenous partners to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; 2 provide CSO with funding and technical assistance to ensure they achieve results and comply with USG requirements; 3. build CSO organizations' and networks' capacities to provide and sustain HIV/AIDS services; 4. strengthen linkages between CSO, the GRN and private sector to promote sustainable capacity building in-country; 5. support the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) through targeted technical assistance and capacity building, including implementation of an OVC database; 6. implement a gender sensitive approach to HIV/AIDS programming. Through sub-partners REACH supports services in impact mitigation for orphans and vulnerable children, community and home based health care (CBHC) and prevention of sexual transmission. In COP09, this IM funded activities under HVAB, HVOP, HBHC, PDCS, HKID, HVSI, OHSS and HVTB. In COP10, HVTB AND OHSS are no longer being funded.

In support of the Partnership Framework Agreement, REACH supports the USG commitments to increase social and behavior change to prevent the sexual transmission, programs prevention targeting most at risk populations, and supports workplace programs. REACH supports commitments in strengthening CHBC systems and referrals and prevention with PLWHA. In impact mitigation, REACH supports sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable households; strengthens the MGECW's implementation of the National Plan of Action for OVC; and develops and implements OVC quality and care standards. Under coordination and management, REACH plays a key role in community systems development by strengthening CBOs to deliver quality HIV/AIDS services; and sustainably enhances human resource and capacity development at the MGECW. Aligned with the National Strategic Framework and PEPFAR indicators, REACH supports improved M&E through capacity building at all CBO and ministry partners.

REACH has a national coverage targeting a) CSO that support PEPFAR objectives, 2) the MGECW, and 3) other ministries responsible for coordination of service delivery related to the award's budget code funding. In turn, sub-grantees serve those target populations appropriate to the objectives of their funding.

Many of REACH's activities are focused interventions in support of health systems strengthening. In service delivery, REACH improves partners' capacity to plan service delivery programs focused on outcomes; develops and assists GRN to implement national policy and standards; and supports MGECW planning and quality performance management. REACH provides significant support to leadership and governance by: strengthening the MGECW's and MOHSS's engagement of CSOs; developing management skills at MGECW and CSO partners for strategic planning, monitoring and supervision; promoting a culture of evidence-based decision making and program accountability; supporting CSOs to engage in advocacy and public planning; and promoting problem solving and local ownership of key decisions. REACH supports information by developing and implementing the national OVC data warehouse and ensuring that information is analyzed, widely disseminated, and used by diverse GRN and CSO stakeholders. REACH supports human resources in the MGECW by building capacity to provide targeted in-service training, along with skills building for facilitation, supportive supervision, and mentoring to MGECW staff; and by providing bursaries and stipends in collaboration with MGECW to social work students with financial need who are required to work for the MGECW up on graduation. In finance, REACH promotes accountability in resource allocation within the MGECW; and assists CSO with policies and improved financial management.

REACH supports cross-cutting programs including: pre and in-service training and leadership to build human resources for health at the MGECW and CSOs offering community-based care; gender mainstreaming and programming to address the five cross-cutting gender strategic areas, including a women's empowerment activity; public private partnerships that leverage resources to complement activities and provide technical assistance to partners; support to workplace programs; and food and nutrition.

REACH assists partners with resource allocation, budgeting and financial monitoring that optimizes the use of project funds to achieve objectives. Assistance imparts sustainable resource management that extends beyond project funding. To ensure continuing improvements in efficiency, REACH coordinates partners and uses partner performance and efficiency as key measures when determining continued funding levels.

REACH uses a results chain and performance monitoring plan to measure project performance, which captures REACH assistance in improving organizational and technical effectiveness. Each organization undergoes an assessment to identify areas for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity building. Each partner operates with an approved M&E plan that measures results against PEPFAR indicators and outcome objectives. REACH provides onsite support and training to strengthen M&E capacities and verifies results and provides feedback on how to improve M&E systems and data quality. REACH provides peer to peer exchanges among M&E staff of the sub-recipients to enhance opportunities for capacity building.

Funding for Care: Adult Care and Support (HBHC): $2,122,226


Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $5,407,402


Funding for Care: Pediatric Care and Support (PDCS): $374,510


Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $292,570


Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $822,741


Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $236,964


Subpartners Total: $0
Catholic AIDS Action: NA
Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre Trust: NA
Legal Assistance Centre: NA
Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare - Namibia: NA
Lifeline: NA
Namibia Chamber of Mines: NA
PEACE Centre: NA
To Be Determined: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $7,232,008
Economic Strengthening $466,594
Education $538,512
Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery $35,506
Human Resources for Health $6,187,396
Water $4,000
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services