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Health Promot Int. 2008 Sep;23(3):251-9. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dan013. Epub 2008 Apr 10.

Building capacity for AIDS NGOs in southern Africa: evaluation of a pilot initiative.

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Yale School of Public Health, 60 College St., Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8034, USA.


In this paper, we present the evaluation results of an AIDS non-governmental organization (NGO) capacity building 20-month pilot initiative in five countries in southern Africa called the NGO Institute. A five-person international team conducted a 2 week evaluation of the pilot in 2004 to assess the strength of the model, designed and funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. The NGO Institute functioned through a separate consortium in each country. Results of the pilot indicate variations in adaptation and implementation of the model in each of the five countries. Each consortium took considerable time to develop its own governance and management systems. There were examples of strengthened NGO capacity in each country although it was too soon to establish overall impact. The strengths and weaknesses of this NGO capacity building model are presented along with the implications for other funding agencies and NGOs.

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