New Technical Brief from AIDSTAR-Two Explores Capacity Building Challenges

The MSH-led, US Agency for International Development- funded, AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a new technical brief, Systematic Organizational Capacity Building: Tackling Planning and Implementation Challenges, which focuses on the barriers associated with capacity building that are faced by civil society and non-governmental organizations in the context of HIV & AIDS programming.

The technical brief explores typical implementation challenges faced by local organizations, and highlights promising practices and stories from the field that demonstrate the results of effective implementation of capacity building interventions.  It offers a four-step iterative process to understand systematic organizational capacity building, including an “organizational readiness tool” that can be self-administered by an individual or team of people to assess how prepared their organization is to embark on a change initiative.  Links to additional organizational capacity building references are also provided.

By highlighting the challenges faced in implementing current capacity building efforts, and presenting practical recommendations to overcome these challenges, this paper is a valuable tool for all of those with an interest in organizational capacity building both within and beyond HIV & AIDS programs.

Click here to download the technical brief. 

The AIDSTAR-Two Project offers proven strategies for magnifying the impact of HIV & AIDS programs, by working with local organizations to strengthen their organizational capacity building with an emphasis on management, leadership, governance, organizational development and improved prevention and care and support strategies. The AIDSTAR-Two Consortium funded by USAID is composed of Management Sciences for Health; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Cardno Emerging Markets, USA, Ltd. (Cardno); Health and Development Africa; Initiatives, Inc.; Save the Children; and Religions for Peace.

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