FHI 360’s Capable Partners Program (CAP) in Mozambique strengthens the organizational and technical capacities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in HIV/AIDS prevention and service delivery in the provinces of Maputo, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Manica. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, CAP in Mozambique provides small grants coupled with training, technical assistance, coaching and other assistance tailored for the needs of each organization it supports. Through the program, FHI 360 supports organizations with the potential to become leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and strives to strengthen Mozambican civil society in general.
CAP in Mozambique uses a participatory, organizational analysis process that engages NGOs in diagnosing organizational strengths and weaknesses and in designing and implementing institutional improvement plans. To improve the control of funds and financial recordkeeping, FHI 360 experts developed a curriculum and certificate program in basic financial management. CAP provided training in formative research, which helped grant recipients develop projects that are more closely linked to the community’s needs. CAP also facilitated exchange and training opportunities known as intercambios that promote networking among development professionals to address common challenges.
From January 2006 to January 2012, CAP in Mozambique supported 83 organizations that reached a total of 188,695 beneficiaries. FHI 360 experts trained more than 11,000 individuals and awarded about US$12 million in grants. In addition, external assessments and grant recipients’ self-evaluation showed significant change in recipients’ project management and institutional capacity.