The Capacity Development and Support (CDS) project is designed to mitigate the impact of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis (TB) in all nine provinces of South Africa by increasing the capacity of local nongovernmental organizations and the Government of South Africa to achieve the goals of the Partnership Framework Implementation Plan.
The objectives of CDS include:
- Supporting the provision of sustainable, high-quality HIV and AIDS services through practical approaches that address specific needs
- Developing institutional capacity and increasing the effectiveness of local partners for the purpose of expanding sustainable, high-quality services
- Strengthening the overall health and social services system
- Enhancing local partner capacity in treatment, prevention and care (including the support of orphans and vulnerable children)
CDS will support these objectives through three major components: grant awards and management, institutional capacity development of local organizations and capacity development assistance to the Government of South Africa.
The CDS project uses the following methods for capacity development:
- Standardized trainings: incorporating competency-based training principles and follow-up support to ensure the application of new knowledge
- Tailored trainings: developing customized trainings that focus on specific needs and challenges
- Mentoring and coaching: providing technical and functional specialists, who mentor and coach individuals and units
- Communities of practice: creating physical and virtual spaces for stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges, share tools and resources, exchange information and lessons learned, and ultimately develop greater capacity for collective learning and problem-solving