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The Global Fund Round 8 funding proposal was the product of extensive consultation during the proposal development process. Civil society organizations and private sector organizations shared their strengths and challenges and collectively proposed different strategies for improving local capacity and for positioning themselves in a more prominent leadership role within the multi-sectoral response to HIV & AIDS in Lesotho.

Some of the information used during these consultations originated from the work of the Civil Society Support Consultant, an 18-month project supported through the World Bank during 2007 and 2008. The consultant conducted a rapid assessment at the beginning of the assignment period. Subsequently, the consultant conducted in-depth capacity assessments with five main national umbrella bodies working in HIV & AIDS. The findings of this work indicated significant capacity gaps between international NGOs and local NGOs in terms of organizational capacity to design and implement effective HIV & AIDS programs. There were different reasons for this, including the lack of sustainable funding sources to allow local organizations to retain their staff and to build up their capacity through the implementation of successful programs. Local organizations mainly derived their support from short-term, donor funded initiatives. Once the initiative was over and the funds spent, staff left in search of work elsewhere and the organization became essentially dormant.

One other reason for capacity gaps was the lack of a shared vision on what capacity meant and how it could be built and maintained. Equally absent was a long-term, sector-wide vision of how to develop sustained capacity. Many different entities offered capacity-building support but this tended to be short-term and to rely heavily on training workshops and not other capacity development strategies. Finally, staff in organizations who received training were either unable to use their new skills because of lack of resources or searched out more stable employment elsewhere.

It was against this background that the civil society components of the Round 8 funding proposal were developed. In particular, the Round 8 proposal was meant to achieve the following:
  • To develop and implement a five-year, comprehensive capacity-building strategy for civil society;
  • To strengthen local organizations, particularly local umbrella bodies, with the provision of stable, long-term funding coupled within intensive, long-term capacity development programs;
  • In strengthening local umbrella bodies, to enhance the capacity of these entities to respond to the needs of their members and to provide appropriate programmatic and technical support to them as they implement local level initiatives;
  • To improve the coordination of the civil society response to HIV & AIDS by strengthening and improving umbrella bodies and encourage all local groups to have an affiliation with a relevant body;
  • To foster partnerships between well-developed organizations, international or national, and national umbrella bodies for skills transfer and support;
  • To link capacity-building activities to well-funded, relevant projects at the local level that are based on a best-practice approach.

The expected impact of the Round 8 grant on civil society was to position local organizations at the forefront of the sector as effective leaders in delivering high-quality programs in response to HIV & AIDS.

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