New Technical Brief from AIDSTAR-Two Explores Country Ownership
The MSH-led AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a new technical brief, Country Ownership and Organizational Capacity Building: Beyond Principles to Practices, which outlines some key practices and approaches to strengthening country ownership and helping shift behavior among donors, countries and implementing partners to strengthen local institutions and organizations.
In this era of declining external resources for global health and development and the emphasis on country ownership, empowering and building sustainable capacity among local organizations and institutions is ever more critical. The conversation on country ownership has often focused on government and excluded civil society organizations and the private sector, but all of these entities, along with the overall citizenry, form the foundation of country ownership.
The technical brief discusses country ownership in the context of organizational capacity building in public institutions and civil society organizations in the health sector, and proposes three essential practices that are necessary to advance country ownership: collaborative leadership; sound management capacity; and governance and accountability.
Funded through the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS, AIDSTAR-Two contributes to stronger and more sustainable, country-led HIV/AIDS programs, organizations and networks by offering systematic institutional capacity building assistance to local HIV/AIDS implementing organizations. Led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the project is supported by consortium partner, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, as well as the Human Sciences Research Council in Durban, South Africa. Other partners in the AIDSTAR-Two consortium include Cardno Emerging Markets; Health and Development Africa; Initiatives, Inc.; Save the Children; and Religions for Peace.
For more information, visit www.aidstar-two.org.