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Capacity Development and Support Program (CDS)

  • Botswana
  • East and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
U.S. Agency for International Development
2014 - 2024

The Capacity Development and Support Program (CDS ) contributes to the goal of the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the impact of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis (TB) through support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to the governments of Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. This ten-year project will increase the capacity of local nongovernmental organizations and governments.

CDS works toward its objectives through three major components: grant awards and management, institutional capacity development of local organizations and capacity development assistance.

Objectives 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 overall health and social services systems
  • Enhancing local partner capacity in treatment, prevention and care (including the support of orphans and vulnerable children)

Activities include:

  • Orphans, vulnerable children and youth
  • Determined, resilient, empowered, AIDS-free, mentored and safe (DREAMS)
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Support to the governments of Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa
  • Lesotho local partners technical assistance
  • Monitoring and evaluation

CDS uses these 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
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