Network Strengthening Program Case Study Report
The USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance Project (LMG) developed the Network Strengthening Program (NSP) to build the leading, managing, and governing skills of voluntary network managers and leaders, including board members, secretariat leaders, and network managers. The program is designed to be a comprehensive, network-wide approach that participants can use to strengthen the diverse management aspects of their networks.
The objective of the NSP is to improve the effectiveness of networks so they are better able to meet the needs of their members and can enhance long-term sustainability. The program is designed to allow network managers to develop both short-term plans to address specific topics (implemented while they are going through the NSP) and a long-term plan (a Network Strengthening Plan) that frames how they will strengthen their own networks in the 12 months following the program. The Network Strengthening Plan includes priority actions in key focus areas. The NSP was pilot-tested with two networks in Malawi, one composed of people living with HIV, MANET+, and the other of HIV and AIDS service providers, MANASO. The pilot testing took place over a period of nine months, from September of 2015 to May 2016, and revisions were subsequently made to the curriculum based on lessons learned and experiences facilitating the material.