MSH Publishes New Paper on Building Capacity in the Context of  HIV & AIDS

Drawing from extensive research carried out by the MSH-led AIDSTAR-Two Project, the MSH Position Paper Challenges Encountered in Capacity Building: Review of Literature and Selected Tools provides a comprehensive view of the current state of organizational capacity building, particularly in the context of HIV & AIDS. By highlighting the challenges faced in current capacity building efforts, and presenting practical recommendations to improve and advance the discipline, this paper is a valuable tool for implementing partners, donors, and providers of organizational capacity building both within and beyond HIV & AIDS programs.

This paper complements current and future AIDSTAR-Two activities that spark and sustain dialogue on this important subject, but the dialogue requires involvement from the organizational capacity building, health, and other development professionals across the world. These professionals are invited to join the discussion on "Challenges Encountered in Capacity Building" through the corresponding virtual seminar being held on the LeaderNet site May 10-14, 2010. This interactive seminar, using the Position Paper and other relevant materials as a starting-point, offers participants the opportunity to give feedback, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussions with other members of the capacity building community.  

The need for capacity building within the HIV & AIDS community has become increasingly apparent as responses to the AIDS pandemic change from emergency services to long-term care for those infected and affected, and as the responses by governments and international and local organizations put greater emphasis on implementing country-owned, sustainable programs to address the spread of the disease. Growing demand for and recognition of the importance of capacity building in HIV & AIDS work leads to a corresponding need to ensure that capacity building is implemented effectively, efficiently, and sustainably; however, consensus on capacity building indicators is rare and documentation of their impact is scarce.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Bennett, Knowledge Management and Communications Officer for AIDSTAR-Two at rbennett@msh.org.

The AIDSTAR-Two project delivers organizational capacity building to HIV & AIDS implementing partners and provides technical assistance to US government country teams in coordinating and working with their local US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implementing partners. As part of the AIDSTAR-Two vision of strengthening the capacity of HIV & AIDS organizations, the paper calls for greater rigor and sustainability in capacity building, and increased recognition of capacity building as a fundamental part in development interventions.




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